Biden: False news about Covid-19 ‘is killing people’

Biden: False news about Covid-19 'is killing people' 2
Biden: False news about Covid-19 'is killing people' 2

`This information is killing people. The only pandemic we have is among people who have not been vaccinated. They are killing people,` US President Joe Biden talked to reporters at the White House as he prepared.

The White House is putting pressure on social media companies to remove what officials say is helping to spread false information about Covid-19 vaccinations.

US President Joe Biden spoke during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on July 15.

According to US health officials, the current increase in deaths and illnesses due to Covid-19 nationwide mostly only affects unvaccinated people.

`The message here is very clear: Covid-19 is becoming a pandemic of unvaccinated people,` Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walensky said on July 16.

The Covid-19 vaccine is very accessible in the US, but many people claim to not trust the vaccine.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Facebook and other social networking companies have not done enough to combat this problem.

`Ensuring accurate reporting is everyone’s role,` Psaki said.

Psaki said the White House is taking a more active approach to call on people to be aware of false news but emphasized that Facebook in particular should react faster, needing to immediately remove problematic posts.

`About 12 people are writing 65% of anti-vaccine information with false content on social networking platforms. They are all active on Facebook, although some are banned from other platforms,` Pska said, without naming the article.

The White House has `recommended to them the need to create a strong enforcement strategy, connect their assets and provide transparent rules,` she emphasized.

The Biden administration’s recent accusations against fake news were immediately criticized by right-wing media, accusing the US President of installing a `Big Brother` system to monitor people’s opinions.

Facebook also opposes the White House’s accusations.

`We will not be distracted by allegations that are not supported by the facts,` a Facebook spokesperson said.

`In fact, more than two billion people have viewed official information about Covid-19 and vaccines on Facebook, more than anywhere else on the Internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have used the vaccine search engine of the United States.

Previously, Facebook said it was `actively fighting false news about Covid-19 and vaccines to protect people’s health`, announcing that it had `deleted more than 18 million false posts about Covid-19` as well as

CDC announced more than 33,000 new infections in the US on July 16, bringing the 7-day average number of infections to 26,306, an increase of 70% compared to the previous week.

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