Earlier this week, President Joe Biden and his administration fired massive shots at their Big Tech ally, Facebook, essentially accusing the social media behemoth of being complicit in murder for allowing COVID-19 “misinformation” posts to be published.
According to the Washington Examiner, in a brewing battle that virtually nobody could have predicted given their allied status, Facebook returned fire in a big way this week, accusing the Biden administration of “looking for scapegoats” after the administration fell short of a July 4 vaccination goal.
Facebook is “killing people”
The social network didn’t take kindly to remarks made recently by the president in which he accused the social network of “killing people” by allowing the spread of what the Biden administration determines is “disinformation.”
“They’re killing people,” the president said when asked about the platform. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”
The president’s unfortunate and false wording came around the same time that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the White House is attempting “to engage with [social media platforms] to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies” before singling out “the false narrative that remains active out there about COVID-19 vaccines causing infertility.”
Doubling down, Psaki says the Biden administration has determined that roughly 12 people on Facebook are responsible for about 65% of the misinformation being spread about COVID-19, at least what the administration determines falls into that category.
Psaki vowed that the administration would soon back that claim with data for reporters. The Examiner noted that Psaki is likely referring to “The Disinformation Dozen” report published earlier this year, which lists 12 individuals who have been accused of spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19.
Facebook responds in kind
Not surprisingly, Facebook doesn’t seem to be interested in being accused of the deaths of thousands of Americans and millions worldwide. The company issued a strong response to the Biden administration’s pointed criticism.
“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,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
An unnamed Facebook official went on to hammer the Biden administration, essentially accusing it of trying to distract from its own recent failures.
“In private exchanges, the Surgeon General has praised our work, including our efforts to inform people about COVID-19. They knew what they were doing. The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals,” the Facebook official said.
Just when one assumed that 2021 couldn’t possibly be any weirder, now Facebook and the Biden administration are throwing verbal uppercuts at one another. Who knows what the rest of this bizarre year holds in store.