President Biden is not pleased with the information circulating on social media platforms about COVID-19 and the vaccines against it and he is holding Facebook accountable for “killing people.”
Biden is clearly frustrated and he hit Facebook hard in response to a question from a reporter.
Watch video of Biden saying Facebook is responsible for killing people:
Reporter: "What's your message to platforms like Facebook?"
President Biden: "They're killing people." pic.twitter.com/jrAvQpG7i0
— The Hill (@thehill) July 16, 2021
Facebook, in return, fired back with a statement to ABC News.
Adding more drama to the role of social media platforms regarding COVID-19, the White House acknowledged it was monitoring posts that it deemed as disinformation with Facebook.
White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki said the Biden Administration is working with Facebook to remove disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 15, 2021
Critics pounced on the coordinated effort between the Biden Administration and Facebook.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized Biden for working with Facebook to censor free speech.
Twitter is not the government.
Facebook is not the government.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 18, 2021
Critics also warned about the coordination of Big Tech and big government.
The Biden administration is telling Facebook which posts it regards as "problematic" so that Facebook can remove them.
This is the union of corporate and state power — one of the classic hallmarks of fascism — that the people who spent 5 years babbling about fascism support. https://t.co/U2Ee3DgXJe
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 15, 2021
There is a lot of inaccurate posts on social media about the virus and vaccines.
However, the way to deal with it is through more speech and not censoring Americans.
I made that point on Newsmax TV’s National Report last Friday morning.
@tomborelli blasts @JoeBiden & @Facebook for silencing free speech w hosts @EmmaRechenberg @ShaunKraisman on National Report w @NanHayworth @IWF & @JenniferNassour on @newsmax TV pic.twitter.com/XwsAPJqidq
— Deneen Borelli (@deneenborelli) July 17, 2021