- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic was “very disappointing.”
- Zuckerberg denounced the failure of the United States to speed up COVID-19 tests, as well as the White House attacks on its scientists.
- He made the remarks in an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci which was broadcast live on Facebook.
- “Now that we’re here in July, I think it was preventable, and it’s really disappointing that we still don’t have adequate testing,” said Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg attacked President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic as “very disappointing”.
In an interview with renowned American immunologist Anthony Fauci broadcast live on Facebook on Thursday, the 36-year-old chief executive criticized the White House for the slow testing, as well as the recent attacks on Fauci by administration officials .
“I was certainly sympathetic at first when it was clear that there would be outbreaks, no matter how we handle it,” said Zuckerberg.
“But you know, now that we’re here in July, I just think it was avoidable, and it’s really disappointing that we still don’t have adequate tests, and the credibility of our best scientists like you and the CDC is mined, “and that until recently, parts of the administration were wondering if people should even follow basic best practices like wearing masks. ”
Facebook CEO has not named any government official as the target of his anger, but Trump has long resisted wearing masks in public, though science has become increasingly clear that they play a key role in reducing COVID infection rates. -19.
Zuckerberg and Fauci also discussed advances in vaccine research, as well as advice for ordinary people (such as wearing a mask). During the interview, some users used comments on the livestream to spread disinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccines – highlighting how the Facebook platform can be hijacked to spread hoaxes even when the company tries to direct users to specific sources of information.
Facebook has come under scrutiny over its management of Trump in recent weeks. His decision not to remove a post from the president who critics say glorified unprecedented violence among employees – and contributed to the boycott of current advertisers over his approach to hate speech.
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