President Biden on Friday unleashed a forceful new attack against social media companies for allowing the spread of misinformation about coronavirus vaccines, explicitly blaming them for the deaths of many Americans of covid-19.
“They’re killing people,” Biden said on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on his way to Camp David for the weekend. “Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”
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‘They’re killing people’: Biden slams Facebook for Covid disinformation
Joe Biden says social media platforms such as Facebook “are killing people” for allowing disinformation about coronavirus vaccines to be posted on its platform, as the administration continued criticising the company.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave: Deception spreads faster than truth on social media. Who — if anyone — should stop it?
The day after a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol following a rally in which then-President Donald Trump and others repeated false claims that the 2020 election, which Congress was about to certify, had been stolen from him, Facebook took the stunning action of indefinitely suspending the president from its platform. Twitter, Trump’s favored means of communicating, went a step further and banned him for life, and other social media sites followed suit.
Suddenly, the leader of the free world was, if not silenced, certainly muffled — and by a handful of private companies whose immense power was undeniable.
Trump’s outraged supporters insisted his deplatforming proved that big tech is biased against conservatives. But even those who have been critical of President Trump, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, were troubled that these corporations had clearly demonstrated that, in some ways, they had more power than the president of the United States.