Biden walks back claim that Facebook is ‘killing people’

Biden walks back claim that Facebook is ‘killing people’

In an about-face on his own condemnation of social media misinformation about COVID-19, President Biden on Monday said, “Facebook isn’t killing people” by hosting false claims.

Biden softened his stance after company executives pushed back on his Friday statement that Facebook is responsible for deaths caused by anti-vaccine sentiment.

“They’re killing people,” Biden told reporters Friday afternoon, when asked about his message for the company. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”

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But asked about those comments on Monday, he instead told reporters that he had just read an article claiming that most COVID-19 misinformation comes from 12 people — apparently referring to a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate that identified Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as the most famous member of the “disinformation dozen.”

“I mean precisely what I said,” Biden said Monday, before contradicting his prior remark holding Facebook responsible for deaths.

“The only pandemic we have is among

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