Come on, man!
President Joe Biden accused Facebook of basically “killing people” because some people’s posts might contain misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines.
Keep in mind that Facebook is absolutely massive and it’s probably next to impossible to hire enough people and AI to monitor every single one of the posts made on a daily basis, which is in the numbers so high we can’t even count them out loud in our entire lifetime.
But Joe Biden slammed social media platforms with his comment when he was asked about what his message was for platforms like Facebook.
WATCH Joe Biden make his claim against social media platforms like Facebook:
Biden’s comments were reported like this:
Asked what his message was to platforms like Facebook regarding Covid disinformation, Biden said “They’re killing people.”
“I mean they really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s — they’re killing people,” Biden said on the South Lawn of the White House.
Biden was echoing earlier comments from White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“We’re dealing with a life or death issue here and so everybody has a role to play in making sure there’s accurate information,” Psaki said. “They’re a private sector company. They’re going to make decisions about additional steps they can take. It’s clear there are more that can be taken.”
Facebook fought back.
Facebook wasn’t going to allow President Joe Biden to talk bad about the platform because Joe Biden missed his vaccine goals.
Facebook provided a statement to Business Insider that dropped an anchor on Joe Biden’s accusations, throwing the White House under the bus, and dropping some knowledge:
“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,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”
In an additional statement provided to NBC’s Dylan Byers, a Facebook official said: “In private exchanges the Surgeon General has praised our work, including our efforts to inform people about COVID-19. The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals.”
The White House fell short of its goal to have 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4, which some have blamed on vaccine hesitancy.
As of Friday, nearly 60% of American adults were fully vaccinated.
Imagine working at Facebook. They have 2.8 billion users. Now imagine trying to moderate conversations of that many people.
It sounds literally impossible.
No matter what platform people are on, there will always be some sort of misinformation that gets through the cracks. And sometimes we need to figure out what is misinformation spread on purpose, and what is actually just someone’s opinions.
There might be people saying the wrong thing because they simply don’t know.
Or maybe they’re just expressing themselves and how they feel, not realizing they might be saying something that is incorrect.
Either way, it was WRONG for Joe Biden to blame social media for anything – when his own White House missed their mark.
Take some accountability for yourself, Joe.
Biden’s White House FAILED to hit their mark.
Joe Biden should do better or resign.