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Facebook Denies Biden’s Blame On It For US Not Meeting Vaccination Goals

Facebook Denies Biden’s Blame On It For US Not Meeting Vaccination Goals
In a recent comment, United States President Joe Biden had asserted that the social media platform Facebook, the largest such platform in the world in terms of actively monthly users, is "killing people" as it allows rampant spread of misinformation about coronavirus vaccines on its platform/
However the social media company has stoutly defended itself against Biden’s comment and said that the facts it has contradict the allegations levelled against it. 
"The data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the US have been or want to be vaccinated against COVID-19," Facebook said in a corporate blog post by Guy Rosen, a company vice president.
"President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed," the company said in the blog post.
It is alleged that there was rampant spread of misinformation about Covid-19 during the height of the pandemic on a host of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc owned YouTube.
The have been allegations levelled against Facebook for long by researchers and lawmakers across the world of the social media company failing to put a lid on harmful content on its platforms.
"They're killing people. ... Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people," Biden told reporters at the White House last Friday when he was questioned about misinformation and what his message was to social media platforms such as Facebook.
A number of rules against making specific false claims about Covid-19 and the vaccines developed against the disease have already been introduced by it, the company said and has claimed that the information about the pandemic and the vaccines developed against the disease that are reliable.
Officials in the United States said on Friday that while the most dominant strain of the coronavirus globally has become the Delta variant, there has also been an increase the number of Covid-19 related deaths around the United States and those falling victims to the disease are almost all those who are still unvaccinated.
There has been an almost 70 per cent rise in the new infections of Covid-19 across the United States last week compared to the previous week while the death rate because of the disease in the same period has gone up by 26 per cent as outbreaks of Covid-19 have happened in those parts of the country where the rate of vaccination still remains low compared to the national average.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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