President Joe Biden said Friday that social media platforms such as Facebook are "killing people" and the "only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated."
A reporter asked Biden, "What's your message to platforms like Facebook?" The president replied to the journalist: "They're killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people."
The presser erupted into chaos after Biden walked away from the crowd.
At the White House press conference, Biden press secretary Jen Psaki doubled down Friday on the administration's plan to monitor and censor Americans on social media. Psaki signaled it's fine to censor Americans since the Biden administration is already "in touch" with the media in a similar way.
After she made comments Thursday about flagging Facebook posts on COVID-19 vaccine "misinformation, Psaki confirmed that the Biden administration is "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." Psaki called the censorship effort "constructive for the public health of the country" and about "the right of the public to know."
Psaki urged Facebook to measure and share "the impact of misinformation" on the site and the audience its reaching and called on purported free speech forums to create "robust enforcement strategies" that bridge properties and provide transparency about community guidelines. "You shouldn't be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there," Psaki elucidated.
"We've increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General's office," Psaki stated Thursday. "We're flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation. We're working with doctors and medical professionals to connect two connected medical experts who are popular with their audiences with accurate information and boost trusted content."
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