WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Facebook and Bidin administration has been embroiled in a series of heroic acts over the weekend after denouncing the social media giant for spreading false information about the CVD-19 vaccine.
On Sunday, surgeon Vivk Murti warned that misinformation about the vaccines was a serious health risk. Mr Murti told CNN on Sunday: “These forums should recognize that misinformation has played a major role in the spread of speed and scale.
In a Facebook post last Saturday, the administration called for an end to “finger-pointing” and described what it had done to encourage users to get vaccinated. He also described how the social network had spread lies about the vaccines, with officials saying they had caused people to oppose the vaccine.
Guy Rosen, vice president of Facebook Integrity, said: “The Bidden administration has chosen to blame a handful of American social media companies.” The fact is that the popularity of the vaccine among Facebook users in the United States has increased.
Mr. Rosen added that the company’s data show that 85 percent of users in the United States are vaccinated against cholera. When President Biden set a goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4, “Facebook is not the reason why the goal is missing,” Mr Rosen said.
Mr. Biden’s Facebook response was met with strong condemnation of the company. When asked about the role of social media in influencing vaccines, Mr. Biden said in an unusually strong language that the forums were “killing people.”
He added: “We are among the only ones who have not been vaccinated against the epidemic, and that is – they are killing people.”
Other White House officials are also increasingly using social media to aggravate the vaccine.
Mr Murti said on Thursday that he had not done enough to stop the spread of harmful health information on social media, adding that it was because of a national health crisis that Americans were reluctant to vaccinate. On Friday, White House press secretary Jane Pisakim called for “false information to prevent the vaccine and people are dying.” He said the White House was responsible for raising the issue.
The White House declined to comment on its Facebook blog on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, Mr Murti responded to allegations by an unnamed Facebook official that CNN was “looking for criminals because their immunization goals are missing.”
Prior to appearing on the news network, Mr Murte told CNN that in private conversations, Mr Murti publicly criticized the company and said he “appreciated our work.”
Mr Murti denied the allegations.
Mr Murti told CNN on Sunday morning: “I was very consistent with what I said to the technology companies. “When we see good things, we have to acknowledge them,” he said, “but I also say that it is not enough. We are still seeing misinformation online.
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites have long played a role in influencing presidential elections, such as Russia, to protect their users from propaganda campaigns.
In recent months, Facebook has taken steps to prevent misinformation and misinformation about vaccines. In October, it announced that it would no longer allow anti-vaccine ads on the platform. Linn In February, the company said it would go further and remove false claims about vaccines, confirming that vaccines would cause autism or that people would be contracted to contract cholera virus instead of receiving the vaccine.
However, online misinformation about the vaccines has not been eliminated. Vaccines are spread to change the DNA or the vaccines do not work.
On Saturday, Mr. Rosen announced in a blog post that immunization rates among Facebook users have dropped by 50 percent since April and that vaccines have increased by 10 to 15 percent, or more than 80 percent, to 70 percent.
“While social media plays an important role in society, it is clear that we need a holistic approach to stopping this epidemic,” Rosen said. Facts – not accusations – should help inform that effort.
People at the White House say the frustration on Facebook has been rising for more than a month. When the BDM administration asked Facebook to share information about the misinformation spread on social media, the public refused to cooperate.
On Friday, White House digital director Robert Flaterte tweeted, “I think I’m left with a simple question: How many people have seen the Covi vaccine misinformation on Facebook?”