Facebook says not to blame US for failing to meet vaccine targets – .

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Facebook says not to blame US for failing to meet vaccine targets – .


Facebook defended itself on Saturday against US President Joe Biden’s claim that the social media platform is ‘killing people’ by allowing coronavirus vaccine misinformation to proliferate, claiming the facts tell a story different.

“Data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the United States have been or wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” Facebook said in a corporate blog post by Guy Rosen, vice president of the company . “President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed. “

COVID-19 disinformation spread during the pandemic through social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube owned by Alphabet Inc. Researchers and lawmakers have long accused Facebook of not controlling harmful content on its platforms.

“They kill people. … Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people, ”Biden told reporters at the White House on Friday, when asked about the disinformation and what his message was to social media platforms such as Facebook.

The company has introduced rules against specific misrepresentation about COVID-19 and its vaccines, and says it is providing people with reliable information on these topics.

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is now the dominant strain worldwide, accompanied by a wave of deaths in the United States almost entirely among unvaccinated people, US officials said on Friday.

U.S. cases of COVID-19 are up 70% from the previous week and deaths are up 26%, with outbreaks occurring in parts of the country with low vaccination rates.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe and David Shepardson; editing by Daniel Wallis)

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