Leading social media company Facebook Inc. (FB) says it should not be blamed for the United States failing to meet its COVID-19 vaccination target. Facebook made this statement as a retaliation to President’s Biden sentiments in which he said that social media companies are killing people by allowing misinformation about the pandemic spread across their platforms.
“They’re killing people. Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people,” said President Biden while addressing reporters at the White House.
Facebook’s vice president, Guy Rosen, said that data on its platform indicates that 85% of Facebook users in the United States have been vaccinated already.
“President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed,” added Rosen.
Researchers and legislators have been pointing fingers on social network companies especially Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. (TWTR) and Google’s Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) for failing to curb spread of misinformation about the pandemic on their platforms.
Facebook further said it has introduced policies against making false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines on its platform. The company further says it provides people with reliable information touching on the pandemic.