Come on, man!
President Joe Biden now backtracks his statement that suggested social platforms like Facebook are “killing people” due to misinformation being posted. Biden now says “Facebook isn’t killing people” and provided an explanation of his comment, blaming 12 accounts or people for spreading misinformation.
Joe Biden suggests that he didn’t mean Facebook themselves, or any platform, is actually “killing people” – but that the misinformation could lead to people being hurt or worse.
It’s unclear who the dozen people are that Joe Biden blames for spreading harmful misinformation, and another report may be released on that at some time.
A report on CNBC covered the conversation, stating the following:
“I’m glad you asked me that question,” Biden said after delivering a speech on the state of the economy.
Biden said that just before making the accusation that Facebook is “killing people,” he had read a report that 60% of the misinformation surrounding Covid vaccines had come from just a dozen social media accounts.
“Facebook isn’t killing people, these 12 people are out there giving misinformation. Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It’s killing people. It’s bad information,” Biden said.
“My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally that somehow I’m saying Facebook is killing people, that they would do something about the misinformation, the outrageous misinformation about the vaccine.”
“That’s what I meant,” the president said.
So basically, President Joe Biden backtracked his statement and provided clarity on what he meant to say.
Biden wants people spreading misinformation held accountable, which is something we should all want anyway.
But wanting false information removed from our platforms contradicts the demand for freedom of speech.
Many of us want the freedom to speak freely on social media, and with that, might come some people who spread misinformation.
One solution to fighting the misinformation is to allow users to report things they believe are false, or to remind everyone to stop sharing that information and to “keep scrolling.”
When I see something I don’t like, or that I think is not worth reading – then I don’t read it. I keep scrolling and I go to the sources of information that I trust and enjoy.
It’s a skill that we all have and need to be reminded of.
Here’s Joe Biden making his statement against social media platforms:
Was Joe Biden’s first comment about Facebook correct? No, it really wasn’t, and Facebook responded to Joe Biden in an amazing way.
Facebook said Joe Biden was just looking for a scapegoat because he failed to meet his vaccine goal.
For those who think the White House and Facebook are watching you post, it sure looks like Facebook delivered a right hook to Joe Biden’s White House and won the round.