Biden warns social networks, ‘spread of misinformation kills’

    Responding to questions about the alleged role of social media platforms in spreading falsehoods about vaccines and the pandemic, United States president Joseph Biden has warned that the spread of Covid-19 misinformation is “killing people” across the world.

    WASHINGTON, DC — In recent weeks, the White House has been increasing pressure on social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to tackle disinformation. But in its response, Facebook says it is taking “aggressive action” to protect public health.

    Still, the US chief executive insists “they’re (social media) killing people,” telling reporters during a media briefing in the White House that “the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated.”

    US health officials point out that the current spike in Covid-19 deaths and infections in the US mainland is exclusively hitting unvaccinated communities.

    Earlier, US press secretary Jen Psaki said Facebook and other platforms are not doing enough to combat misinformation about vaccines despite obvious steps that have been taken by the said firms.

    “It’s clear that there are more than can be taken,” Psaki said.

    A Facebook spokesperson, Kevin McAlister, however, reacted that his company would “not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts.”

    “We’ve removed more than 18 million pieces of Covid misinformation (and) removed accounts that repeatedly break these rules,” McAlister says in a separate statement.

    In a more recent statement from the social network company, meanwhile, it says Facebook will no longer accept ads that discourage people from getting vaccines. The gesture is part of a larger push toward reliable information about vaccines amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (TRC/The MiNT)

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