The Biden administration continued its public feud with Facebook over whether the social media giant is appropriately addressing misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, with Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy claiming Facebook’s measures are inadequate.
In a conversation with “LBL Sunday”, Murthy said that “misinformation is still spreading” and that social media platforms should do more to stop it. Meanwhile, Facebook has said that they have taken action on all of the idols. eight recommendations What can social media companies do?
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“It’s not enough,” said Murthy. “We are still seeing a significant spread of misinformation, despite some actions.”
Murthy further said that “this health-related misinformation is harming the health of the people, causing them to lose their lives.”
LBL contacted Facebook for a response, but did not immediately respond.
On Saturday, Facebook pushed back against claims they weren’t doing enough, said Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity. Statement Stating that the facts “tell a very different story than what has been propagated by the administration in recent times.”
Rosen noted that according to Facebook data, 85% of its users have either been vaccinated against COVID-19 or want to, while the Biden administration was short of reaching its goal of vaccinating 70% of adults by July 4. .
“Facebook is not the reason it missed the target,” Rosen said.
Rosen’s statement came after President Biden himself on Friday accused Facebook of killing people by giving false information about vaccinations.
While Facebook has made positive public statements about how it has partnered with the government and taken aggressive action to curb vaccine misinformation, the White House believes the Big Tech company and its social media peers has decreased.
Murthy said, “I am asking these companies to come forward and take responsibility for what is happening in their favour.