Facebook stock was trading 0.4% lower in Monday’s premarket trading after U.S. President Joe Biden accused it of “killing people” by allowing the spread of misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines on its social network.
Biden’s comments show a growing frustration with social media companies that his administration blames in slowing down vaccinations in many states. This has allowed the Covid-19 to gain a new foothold in the United States. In the Republican heartlands of South and Midwest, where most people remain skeptical about Democratic Party policies, vaccination has nearly stopped.
On Thursday, the U.S. On Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Muthy said that social media companies are not doing enough to combat misinformation about vaccines. Other administration officials share his concern that these networks allow anti-vaxxers to spread lies about vaccines. However, scientific evidence is overwhelming in favor of their effectiveness in preventing the spread of the virus.
However, the social media giant was quick in responding.
“The Biden administration chose to blame a few American social media firms,” Guy Rosen (Facebook’s vice president for integrity) said in a Saturday blog post. “The truth is that vaccine acceptance in the U.S. has risen,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity.
Rosen urged the administration to cease “finger-pointing”.
Biden had set the goal for 70% vaccinations by July 4. This was a goal that the Federal government failed to meet.
The Facebook executive stated that Facebook was not responsible for the failure to achieve the goal.
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