Biden attacks Facebook over vaccine misinformation

Biden attacks Facebook over vaccine misinformation
The U.S. president has been accused on social media of “killing people” by not taking up the fight against fake news surrounding vaccines against goiter.

Tension is rising between the White House and Facebook over misinformation about the vaccine: Joe Biden accused on stage “Kill people”, The latter dismissed these criticisms as helpful “To save lives. That’s it. “” The only plague we have affects people who are not vaccinated. They kill people. ” : This is the final answer given by the US President to the question of what his message is to groups like Facebook as he prepares to leave the White House on Friday weekend.

Mark Zuckerberg’s team reacted quickly: “We will not be sidelined by fact-based allegations.” Facebook’s alternative is really a test: it’s hard … the social network argues for it “More than 2 billion people have found official information about the vaccine on Covid 19 and Facebook nowhere else on the Internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have used our tool to find out where and how to get the vaccine.”

The White House, which is concerned that the vaccine campaign will be hampered in the same way that it has caused an upsurge in cases of the spread of delta diversity, has clearly tightened its tone against large technology groups and called for a further fight against misinformation. Misinformation “Costs live on”, Vivek Murthy said on Friday, Surgeon General (Equivalent to the Minister of Health) of the United States.

“Technical groups allowed misinformation to pollute our environment”, He told them to act “Quickly and consistently against the biggest broadcasters” Misinformation.

“The message reaching us is clear: we are beginning to see an epidemic unknown”, Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Control, a leading federal public health organization, began a press conference on Friday. Over the past seven days, the United States has reported an average of 27,800 new cases daily – an increase of 64% over the previous week – 2,890 hospitalizations (+ 36%) and 223 deaths (+ 38%).

“Facebook needs to be fast to remove dangerous messages”

“Unknown people represent almost all hospitals and deaths”, White House Infectious Disease Response Coordinator Jeff Giants noted. The re-emergence of the disease is triggered by delta variation, which now represents more than 80% of new cases, according to specialty site Cove-Spectrum. Vaccines currently available in the United States are very effective in protecting against Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, but the vaccine campaign has declined significantly in recent weeks in the country. Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults get at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4, National Day, has not been met. This rate rises to 68% after twelve days.

Biden executive spokeswoman Jen Saki had already specifically targeted Facebook on Thursday. “There are about 12 people who make up 65% of the anti-vaccine misinformation on social media. All are active on Facebook, some are banned from other sites,” he said.She said. Facebook needs to be fast to remove messages that are dangerous and break the rules, and messages that break their rules often last for days. It is too long. “

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Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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