President BidenJoe BidenFauci says the CDC has reduced isolation time so people get back to work faster. said on Friday that social media companies that allow coronavirus misinformation to spread on their platforms are “killing people,” stepping up fight with Facebook and other companies as White House warns against spreading inaccurate information about COVID-19 vaccines.
White House reporters asked Biden on Friday afternoon what his message was to social media platforms about coronavirus misinformation.
âThey kill people. The only pandemic we have is the unvaccinated one. And they’re killing people, âBiden said.
General surgeon Vivek MurthyExpert Vivek MurthyHealth: Rising COVID-19 Cases No Longer Expected To Be A ‘Major Measure’ Of Pandemic Surgeon General On Pandemic Public Fatigue: ‘We Will Come To The End Of This’ Preview Of The Sunday Show : Omicron surges, and Harris sits down for in-depth interview CONTINUED issued an advisory Thursday calling health misinformation an “urgent threat” amid the Biden administration’s efforts to vaccinate more people. Murthy said the misinformation is one of a series of reasons why some Americans do not get vaccinated against COVID-19 despite the widespread availability of vaccines.
âModern tech companies have allowed disinformation to poison our information environment with little accountability to their users,â Murthy said during an appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday. âThey have made it possible for people who intentionally spread disinformation – what we call ‘disinformation’ – to have extraordinary reach. “
White House calls on Facebook and other social media companies to be more aggressive in removing “harmful” posts that spread disinformation and flag posts that spread information, according to the House press secretary White. Jen psakiJen PsakiFauci on lack of testing over holiday season: âWe have to do betterâ Fauci says he was âstunnedâ by boos from Trump supporters over revelation of recall EXPLAINER: How will the gift of Biden’s COVID-19 test? FOLLOWING.
âWe regularly make sure that social media platforms are up to date with the latest dangerous public health stories that we and many other Americans are seeing across social and mainstream media and we are working to engage with them to better understand the political social media platform application, âPsaki told reporters on Friday.
Psaki, for example, noted the false account that coronavirus vaccines cause infertility that has spread across the internet.
âWe want to know that social media platforms are taking action to address this,â Psaki said. “This is inaccurate and false information.”
Facebook has pushed back against criticism of its efforts to tackle disinformation about COVID-19, a spokesperson saying in a statement: “We will not be distracted by accusations that are not supported by the facts.”
The point is, 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 to find out where and how to get vaccinated, âFacebook spokesperson Dani Lever said.
âThe facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period,â Lever added.
The effort to tackle misinformation comes as vaccination rates have slowed across the country and the most contagious delta variant has spread among unvaccinated Americans, causing COVID-19 cases to spike after their decline.
Biden’s comments on Friday afternoon echoed those of the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyOvernight Health Care – CDC Cuts Isolation Time For Asymptomatic CDC Shortens Isolation Time For Asymptomatic COVID-19 To Five Days Hochul Cuts Quarantine Of New York Health Workers, Defends COVID Response- 19 MORE, who warned earlier today that COVID-19 “was becoming an unvaccinated pandemic.”
“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low immunization coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk,” Walensky told reporters at a public health briefing.
Conservative lawmakers and media figures in particular have engaged in anti-vaccine rhetoric and made misleading comments about the Biden administration’s vaccination campaign, posing a growing problem in the United States as it seeks to overcome the pandemic.
Lawmakers such as Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCollins open to overhaul child tax credit negotiations that will expire overnight Energy and environment – Biden tightens rules on auto emissions White House hails “significant progress” on conservation objectives (R-Utah) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Chief Justice Roberts Receives Highest Approval Rating Among Federal Leaders: Narrow Lane Poll to Build Back Better The 10 Races That Will Decide Senate Majority MORE (R-Ky.) Have endorsed the vaccines, fending off resistance among other conservatives against them.
Update: 5:37 p.m.