A Facebook official has claimed that the White House is looking for “scapegoats” after the Biden administration missed its COVID-19 vaccination goal in response to criticism from President Joe Biden.
Biden said Facebook was “killing people” on Friday; after being asked a question about COVID misinformation on the popular social media site.
White House efforts to tackle that misinformation have caused recent controversy.
A FB spokesperson issued a statement to NBC Senior Media Reporter Dylan Byers on Friday touting the company’s efforts to encourage vaccinations.
In a later statement, a Facebook official also appeared to take aim at the Biden administration.
According to Byers, Facebook said: “We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts.
“The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook; which is more than any other place on the internet.
“More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that FB is helping save lives. Period,” the statement said.
Byers reported that a Facebook official requested anonymity and passed along another statement on COVID; suggesting the White House was seeking to blame the company for its failure to meet vaccination goals.