Facebook is blasting back against President Biden after he accused the company of 'killing people' by allowing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine to circulate on its platform.
On Friday, a Facebook official scathingly told NBC: 'In private exchanges the Surgeon General [Vivek Murthy] 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 Biden Administration hoped to have 70 percent of American adults partially vaccinated against COVID by Independence Day - a goal they missed by 3 percent.
The Commander-in-chief has voiced his frustration about vaccine misinformation proliferating on social media, saying it is stopping millions of Americans from getting the jab.
Earlier this week, the White House confirmed it had stepped up COVID-19 misinformation tracking as it tried to tackle slowing rates of vaccination.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Press Secretary Jen Psaki explicitly singled out Facebook saying that influential anti-vaxxers 'remain active' on the site 'despite some even being banned on other platforms'.
'You shouldn't be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation,' she stated on Thursday.
The following day, President Biden was asked he had a message for Facebook, to which he responded: 'They're killing people. I mean it really. Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people.'
Facebook is blasting back against President Biden after he accused the company of 'killing people' by allowing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine to circulate on its platform
President Biden claimed the company was 'killing people' because it was not properly monitoring or removing misleading posts about the COVID-19 shots
But Facebook is not letting Biden control the narrative, pushing back in a series of statements shared with NBC.
'We will not be distracted by accusations which aren't supported by the facts,' a spokesperson declared.
'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.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A Facebook official then added the scathing claim that Biden was simply looking for scapegoats to explain why he failed to meet his goal to have 70 percent of the country vaccinated.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, was asked repeatedly about how the White House could justify flagging social media posts about COVID-19 to Facebook
On Friday, White House press Jen Psaki was quizzed repeatedly about the practice of flagging posts.
Fox News' Peter Doocy asked: 'For how long has the administration been spying on people's Facebook profiles looking for vaccine misinformation?'
'That was quite a loaded and inaccurate question,' responded Psaki, insisting that the White House had similar conversations with news companies to keep the record straight.
The row erupted as officials react to a rise in COVID-19- cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the U.S.
The U.S. recorded 28,412 new cases on Thursday as the numbers tick back upward in what CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said was a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated'
Nearly every state and the District of Columbia have seen infections rise in the last week
Fox News' Peter Doocy accused the administration of spying on people's Facebook profiles, one of series of tough questions in a noisy briefing room on Friday
The most recent seven-day average of new cases was 26,300, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a jump of almost 70 percent.
The cases are concentrated among people who have not been vaccinated, triggering a fresh push to ensure that accurate information is available.
'Our point is that there is information that is leading to people not taking the vaccine and people are dying as a result. We have a responsibility as a public health matter to raise that issue,' said