According to Breitbart, President Joe Biden on Friday accused Facebook of “killing people” by not censoring what the White House has taken upon itself to decry as “misinformation” regarding COVID-19 vaccine content.
It didn’t take long for Facebook to fire back at the Biden administration, as the social media giant was clearly unhappy with essentially being labeled as murderers based on what users of the platform have posted.
Facebook fires shots
Biden’s charged accusation against Facebook came on Friday while he spoke with reporters about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the White House’s efforts to increase vaccine awareness.
“They’re killing people,” Biden said, referring to Facebook. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And, they’re killing people.”
Facebook responded, in kind, with a statement provided to NBC News reporter Dyland Byers. In the statement, Facebook accused Biden of attacking the social media platform as a “scapegoat” to distract from his administration’s COVID-19 failures — specifically pointing to Biden’s failure to meet a July 4 vaccination goal.
“In private exchanges, the Surgeon General has praised our work, including our efforts to inform people about COVID-19,” an unnamed Facebook executive said. “The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals.”
As the New York Post noted, the Facebook executive added:
We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts. The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.
The Biden administration, particularly U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, has urged Big Tech to take action against users who spread so-called “misinformation” about the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines.
Last week, Breitbart noted, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed that the White House has, in fact, been working with Facebook and other social media sites to take down what they believe to be misleading vaccine content.
“We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team,” Psaki said. “This is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic.”
“We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s Office,” Psaki added. “We are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
If that is true, then it is unclear why Biden suddenly accused Big Tech of “killing people” through perceived inaction. Following Psaki’s revelation, the administration faced backlash from many who accused the U.S. government of colluding with Big Tech, which many believes is a violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights.