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White House blames Facebook for ‘killing people’ with misinformation on Covid-19

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Facebook is on the defense as President Joe Biden’s said this week that Facebook is “killing people” by allowing misinformation about coronavirus and vaccines to spread on its platform.

“The data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the US have been or want to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” wrote Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen. “President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed.”

White House Spokeswoman Jen Psaki also said on Friday that more efforts need to be made to ban certain people from social media.

Psaki said once social media accounts are banned from one platform for spreading Covid-19 or vaccine “misinformation,” they should be expelled from all others simultaneously.

The previous day, Psaki had said the White House is pressuring Facebook over the spread of misinformation.

“We are regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media. We work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policy,” she said.

Psaki said social media companies should “create robust enforcement strategies that bridge their properties and provide transparency about rules. You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others if you are for providing misinformation out there.”

Rosen wrote on the company blog: “At a time when COVID-19 cases are rising in America, the Biden administration has chosen to blame a handful of American social media companies. While social media plays an important role in society, it is clear that we need a whole of society approach to end this pandemic. And facts — not allegations — should help inform that effort. The fact is that vaccine acceptance among Facebook users in the US has increased. These and other facts tell a very different story to the one promoted by the administration in recent days.”

Rosen said that according to the company’s surveys, U.S. citizens’ vaccine hesitancy has declined by 50 percent; and Americans are becoming more accepting of vaccines every day. 

“Since January, vaccine acceptance on the part of Facebook users in the US has increased by 10-15 percentage points (70% → 80-85%) and racial and ethnic disparities in acceptance have shrunk considerably (some of the populations that had the lowest acceptance in January had the highest increases since). The results of this survey are public and we’ve shared them — alongside other data requested by the administration — with the White House, the CDC and other key partners in the federal government,” Rosen wrote.

Read Rosen’s lengthy corporate blog post at this link.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Yeah vaccine acceptance has gone up because no other point of view is allowed. What a load of horse pucky from that dude.

  • “Since January, vaccine acceptance on the part of Facebook users in the US has increased by 10-15 percentage points (70% → 80-85%)”
    Um, they kicked everyone who disagreed with the ‘safety of the jab’ propaganda off Facebook. Of course those that are left are pro-vaxx!

  • So everyone says FB, twitter etc etc are private companies and they have the choice to ban whomever they want. They are not the government so free speech rules do not apply. But now the Government is basically telling social media to ban some subjects, posters or users because of what they are posting (because the Gov doesn’t like what is being said-for good reason or not) and even going the next step and saying if certain posts/posters are banned from one social media platform they should be banned from all social media platforms=government is now trying to ban free speech by influencing private media. Ban certain opinions and/or people with those opinions.

    If it were a newspaper we’re talking about or a magazine, a book or even a leaflet passed out on the street instead of social media…..well I think what’s going on is clear. Government banning certain speech or ideas and asking private social media to implement that ban. To me, that is the canary in the coal mine.

    • Right, Dave. Just don’t be a baker or photographer refusing business to a gay wedding.

  • So, we can’t visit freely on social media. Tomorrow we can’t visit freely anywhere.

    • Jim, that’s today.

  • Fools getting any news from Facebook are the reason Biden is president.

    • Fools using the data-mining, privacy-destroying idiocy that is Facebook to ANY extent are (part of) the reason why usurper who is China Joe is acting president.

      • Pretty well agree. Sadly the most trustworthy news any more is from foreign sources. I never thought that RT would reach greater trustworthiness that CNN. But such it is.

  • Orwell was a dystopian prophet. The left wants absolute control of the narrative – truth and dissenting opinion be damned. Who controls this “ministry of truth”? The dimrats aren’t that smart, not even collectively. This is demonic. If we let this stand, we’ve already lost America.

  • Banning someone because their speech does not match yours is a violation of the Consitution.

  • I look forward to the day when Facebook is as used as the few continue using Myspace. It still exists, it’s just not as popular as it lived its glory days.

    You can’t treat people like they are disposable and still think they will want to continue using the tool or being around you. Eventually they will walk away after having enough.

    People have a way of following their friends, and once that friend is gone from social media, other friends will follow them, decreasing Facebook’s reach.

    The reason why I can hardly wait until more people are gone from Facebook is it’ll bring them back with people around them. Facebook, Google, Twitter is being TOO SLOW about the purge.

    • Jen, you trend in the right direction. I left Facebook. Rather than wait for the government to do something, I have done what I can. If 70% of 70 million people will reduce their use of big tech and corporate overlords (Facebook, Google, Fred Meyer, etc.) 70% of the time, then the latter’s influence will be dramatically reduced. Free people need to stop waiting for government to act. Pay a little more money (maybe) in the interest of freedom. In the end, you’ll have more of both.

  • Beijing Biden is a Fascist.

  • Yes, when you remove accounts of those that disaggree with the FB narrative your percentages will RISE for the surrvey you conduct.
    Same way they improve overall performance data in a school.

  • Today, Biden is stating publicly that unvaccinated people are killing everybody.
    .
    The counterfeit POTUS is killing everybody with his advanced Alzheimers Disease.

  • You voted for this, America.

  • Ms.Psaki would have totally thrived in the former Soviet Union. Stalin would have loved her.

  • It’s going to be a long three and a half years. THANKS DEMOCRATS.

  • Wrong dementia Joe! You are killing people by forcing the vaccines on them. 9,000 plus deaths and climbing.

  • You all keep playing the victim to this imagined Orwellian agenda–“the libs are silencing me because my perspective doesn’t align with their narrative!” I can only read so much of this self-serving BS before speaking up. You’re right. Everyone’s perspective deserves air time. But when one perspective built on fantasy is literally contributing to the deaths of our fellow Americans, it becomes a public health concern. So no. Facebook isn’t silencing those who don’t align with their agenda. They’re locking out those who are killing other Americans. It’s a big distinction. For those who feel that the vaccine is a criminal infringement on your personal liberty, I’d welcome you to hop in a time machine and see what measles or smallpox looks like when it infects and kills your family members. Those of you who feel that this vaccine (and not all of the vaccines required for you and your children to attend school) is a bridge to far for your fragile freedom as a US citizen, go on and keep endangering the lives of your neighbors and family. I’m sure they appreciate it.

    • Funny you should mention that. There was great resistance to the vaccines you mention. When the first polio vaccine came out, people died and people refused to take it, forcing scientists to continue research until Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin perfected it nearly 20 years later. We just do not know about this one and time will tell whether we are right or wrong. But your self-righteous rant for cramming an unapproved, untested (Moderna says that mass vaccination is actually Phase 3 testing) injection (which is not a vaccine) down our throats is nothing but hyperbole. Many of us survived COVID, and more kids have died from the vaccine than from COVID according to the CDCs own VAERS data. We 1. don’t need it and 2. won’t take it.

    • JS, your ignorant and intolerant rant would have a bit more bite to it if the mRNA gene therapy were actually a vaccine. But by all definitions, it is not, nor is it anything yet but experimental. You can put your blind faith in demonstrably corrupt and self-serving authority, but I will trust to well-reasoned and well-considered facts and science instead. The spinelessness, and moral and intellectual abdication, of people like you (bootlickers and quislings) will be your undoing, as well as the undoing of this country.

  • LOL. That’s hilarious. I just wrote a long post disagreeing with much of the above. As has happened before, it went up on the website, and was removed by the administrator within 10 minutes. Who’s censoring now, Suzanne? #Hypocrisy

  • In Joe Biden’s world, “gain of function”
    means that Jill fed him double dose of memory pills the day before, and now the family dog understands what Joe is mumbling about at the dinner table.

    • At least the mutt understands him, cause no one else does.
      .
      btw, Fauci’s wife helps Fauci reach a level of gain of function by feeding him corn mixed with oatmeal for his breakfast. No lab tests needed. He’s so full of it that it just comes pouring out…..even at his ridiculous news appearances.

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