It appears Facebook and Biden are bumping heads with each other.
While Biden was about to board his plane a reporter asked him “on COVID Misinformation what’s your message to platforms like Facebook?”.
Biden the quickly shot back “they’re killing people”.
It appears the Biden administration and Facebook aren’t on good terms as of right now.
Facebook is already notorious for censorship but it looks like their not censoring enough information and the Biden administration wants them to censor more.
Question: On COVID misinformation, what’s your message to platforms like Facebook?
Biden: They’re killing people… pic.twitter.com/CbU8kbP8vx
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 16, 2021
REPORTER: “What’s your message to platforms like Facebook?”
BIDEN: "They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 16, 2021
Biden’s comments came right after Jen Psaki admitted that the White House has been flagging posts for Facebook to censor.
The New York Post had more on the story:
President Biden on Friday accused Facebook of “killing people,” just after White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is “in regular touch” with the platform to ensure correct “narratives” are promoted — elaborating on her Thursday admission that the White House is “flagging problematic posts” to censor.
Biden was asked about his message for platforms like Facebook as he departed the White House on Friday afternoon for a weekend trip to Camp David.
“They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people,” Biden said.
At her daily press briefing, Psaki told reporters that the White House is “regularly” coordinating with Facebook and other social media giants on the “latest narratives dangerous to public health” that the administration thinks should be censored.
JUST IN: @Facebook responds to Biden (“They’re killing people”) re: COVID misinformation: “The facts show Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”
Full statement here. pic.twitter.com/5bj7mwuI4J
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) July 16, 2021
NBC News reported Facebook’s official statement regarding Biden’s latest comments:
“We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts,” a company spokesman said. “The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”
The White House picked a serious fight with Facebook Friday. The Biden administration wants social media giants to take down posts that officials flag as COVID-19 misinformation. https://t.co/Yd3yOk1qmc
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) July 17, 2021