‘Facebook isn’t killing people’ — Biden walks back attack over vaccine lies


U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy from the White House in Washington, U.S. July 19, 2021.
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President Joe Biden on Monday walked back some of his prior criticism of Facebook, saying he meant to accuse a handful of the social media platform’s users of spreading deadly lies about Covid vaccines.

“Facebook isn’t killing people,” Biden said.

Biden added that he hopes Facebook will do more to fight “the outrageous misinformation” about coronavirus vaccines being spread on its platform “instead of taking it personally that somehow I’m saying Facebook is killing people.”

Last week, Biden appeared to say just that: Asked outside the White House what his message was to platforms like Facebook regarding Covid disinformation, Biden said, “They’re killing people.”

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