President Joe Biden said people are dying because of coronavirus disinformation being shared on social media platforms.
“They’re killing people,” Biden said when asked to share his message to companies such as Facebook. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”
Coronavirus cases are rising in some parts of the country, while vaccine uptake has slowed. New, more transmissible variants are also spreading rapidly.
Reported virus cases globally also are up, and in counties such as Los Angeles County, the most populous in the country, cases have been climbing daily for nearly a week.
But an effort to crack down on the spread of disinformation online has drawn criticism amid concerns the federal government is attempting to police free speech.
Biden officials have approached Facebook and other social media companies about disinformation appearing