July 27. 2021. 12:37

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Covid misinformation on social media is killing people, says Biden

The White House continued criticising Facebook for allowing misinformation about Coronavirus vaccines to be posted on its platform. Photograph: Getty Images


US president Joe Biden has said social media platforms such as Facebook “are killing people” after the White House continued criticising the company for allowing misinformation about Coronavirus vaccines to be posted on its platform.

“They’re killing people. Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people,” Mr Biden told reporters when asked about misinformation and what his message was to social media platforms such as Facebook.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier on Friday also criticised the company.

“Obviously there are steps they have taken. They’re a private sector company. There are additional steps they can take. It’s clear that there are more that can be taken,” she said at a White House briefing.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.