Facebook claims Joe Biden ‘looking for scapegoats’ for missing vaccine goals

Facebook claims Joe Biden ‘looking for scapegoats’ for missing vaccine goals

 

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.

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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.

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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