Facebook pushed President Joe Biden off for the second time in as many days on Saturday, suggesting the company was more effective than the government in promoting the Covid-19 vaccination after Biden said the social media giant ” killing people ”with misinformation.
Asked about his post to social media platforms regarding vaccinations on Friday, Biden said, “They’re killing people.”
“The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s – they’re killing people,” he continued.
Facebook refuted the reviews on Friday, saying 2 billion people have looked at the science that vaccination works on the platform and more than 3.3 million Americans have used its vaccination research tool.
On Saturday, he doubled down, saying his data, collected with help from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland, adds to the platform appearing to outdo the Biden administration to drive “acceptance. vaccines ”.
“The data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the United States have been or wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Guy Rosen, vice president of corporate integrity. “President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed. “
Facebook has encouraged Americans to get vaccinated through tools that include its vaccination finder and optional “profile frames” that show when friends have been vaccinated.
Rosen said “vaccine reluctance” on the platform has decreased by 50%, apparently since the vaccine rolled out in January.
“We’ve done our part,” he said as part of a presentation-style statement posted by Facebook on Saturday afternoon.
The Biden administration admitted it missed its goal of at least partially vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4, posting a rate of 67%.
But the actual vaccination and people expressing that they are less hesitant or more likely to be vaccinated are different things.
Critics have noted that conservative and far-right outlets and numbers often associated with vaccine reluctance dominate the daily list of Top 10 Facebook posts pulled from the platform’s own data by New York Times technical columnist Kevin Roose.
Fox News posts have consistently been the top performers on Facebook, taking # 1 Friday. An analysis by Media Matters For America on Friday concluded that a majority of content airing on Fox News during most of June and part of July “relentlessly undermines” vaccination efforts.
“Fox’s Weeknight Opinion Shows – Fox News Primetime, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity and The Ingraham Angle – have promoted claims that undermine and downplay vaccination in all of their coronavirus vaccine segments,” says The report.
As the Delta variant of the coronavirus is now responsible for more than half of new infections in the United States, Dr Anthony Fauci said last week that more than 99% of people who died from Covid-19 in June were not vaccinated.
With the rate of infections in the United States doubling in recent days, a spike largely attributed to the Delta variant, and vaccinations slowing down, officials in the Biden administration have rampaged over the misinformation they blame for their reluctance. .
“Sometimes we have to recognize that the most trusted voices are not the ones with the most followers on social media or those with the most notoriety,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Thursday.