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An anonymous official from Facebook company claimed that President Joe Biden had accused Facebook posters of “killing” people who didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“In private exchanges, the Surgeon General has praised our work, including our efforts to inform people about COVID-19,” the unnamed official told NBC News reporter Dylan Byers via Twitter. “They knew what they were doing. The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals.”

Friday’s impromptu exchange between Biden and a group of reporters outside the White House raised eyebrows.

“They’re killing people,” Biden said on the South Lawn of the White House when asked about unvaccinated people possibly seeing disinformation on the platform. “I mean they really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”

The company stated in a formal statement that Biden’s claim was false.

“We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts,” Facebook’s statement read. “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 Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”

This news comes at the same time that Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, stated that the administration through the U.S. The Surgeon General’s Office was “flagging people’s posts they consider spreading incorrect information about the virus or the vaccines.”

Psaki reacted angrily when a reporter asked him how long the administration was using this practice to spy on citizens.

“This is publicly open information, people sharing information online, just as you are all reporting information on your news stations,” she said during Friday’s press briefing. “Our biggest concern here, and I, frankly, think it should be your biggest concern, is the number of people who are dying around the country because they’re getting misinformation that is leading them to not take a vaccine.”

According to a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate,’ only about 12 people on social media platforms are responsible for most of the misinformation regarding the virus or the vaccines available to counter it.

“With widespread distribution of coronavirus vaccines, we have an opportunity to turn a corner on the pandemic,” the organization’s report reads. “Our recovery depends on the public’s willingness to receive a vaccine. However, researchers are increasingly connecting misinformation disseminated via social media to increased vaccine hesitancy, which will ultimately cause unnecessary deaths.”

The report acknowledged that both Twitter and Facebook had taken steps to prevent misinformation from being posted on their platforms. However, it said that the companies “have failed to enforce the policies they have enacted to stop the spread of misinformation.”

“All have been particularly ineffective at removing harmful and dangerous misinformation about coronavirus vaccines, though the scale of misinformation on Facebook, and thus the impact of their failure, is larger,” the report summary said. “Further, they have all failed to remove the accounts of prominent anti-vaxxers who have repeatedly violated their terms of service, as documented in later sections of this report.”

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