(Washington) Voices were raised Friday between the White House and Facebook over misinformation about the vaccine: Joe Biden was accused on stage of “killing people”, and later sidelined the criticism by saying they were helping to save lives. And that’s it. ”
“They kill people. The epidemic we have is affecting people who are not vaccinated. They kill people ”: Here is the answer given by the American president without appealing to the question of what his message is intended for groups like Facebook, as he prepares to leave the White House on Friday for the weekend.
The Mark Zuckerberg group’s response is not long overdue, and it’s serious: “Facts show that Facebook can help save lives, time,” he assured the social network in a statement.
“We do not shy away from allegations that are not based on facts,” the group replied.
He argues, “More than 2 billion people have never seen official information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook anywhere else on the Internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have used our tool to find out where and how to get vaccines.”
Concerned that the vaccine campaign will be damaged as well, leading to an increase in the prevalence of the Delta variant, the White House has tightened its grip on large tech groups, urging them to fight more against misinformation.
“Pandemic of the Uninvolved”
False information “costs lives,” Vivek Murthy, chief medical officer of the United States, said Friday.
He called on “technology groups to act quickly and consistently against the biggest distributors of false information.”
“The message that has reached us is clear: we are beginning to witness an unrecognized pandemic,” said Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), a major federal public health organization. Press conference.
Over the past seven days, the United States has registered an average of 27,800 new cases per day – an increase of 64% compared to the previous week – 2,890 hospitalizations (+ 36%) and 223 deaths (+ 38%).
“Undesirable people represent almost all hospitalizations and deaths,” said Jeff Giants, co-ordinator of the pandemic response to the White House.
The recurrence of the disease has fueled the delta variant, which now represents more than 80% of new cases, according to the special site Cove-Spectrum.
Vaccines currently available in the United States are very effective in protecting against Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, but the vaccine campaign in the country has slowed significantly in recent weeks.
12 people, 65% misinformation
As of July 4, National Day, 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine have not met Joe Biden’s goal. This rate is at 68% after 12 days.
Biden administration spokesman Jen Saki has already specifically targeted Facebook.
“There are 12 people who produce 65% of false information against vaccines on social media. All are active on Facebook and a few are banned from other platforms,” she said.
“Facebook needs to be fast to remove malicious and offensive messages, and messages that break their rules often last for days. It’s been a long time coming, ”said Jen Saki.