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‘They're Killing People': Biden Blames Social Media for Allowing COVID Misinformation

The White House has warned in recent days that false claims shared on those platforms are contributing to a decline in U.S. vaccination rates

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President Joe Biden on Friday criticized social media platforms like Facebook for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccines, as his administration has blamed them for stalling U.S. vaccine rates.

"They’re killing people," Biden said when asked what his message was to social media platforms like Facebook on the spread of false and misleading claims about the virus and the safety of vaccines that prevent it.

"The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s — they’re killing people," he continued.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday issued his first advisory raising alarm about the growing wave of misinformation about COVID-19 and related vaccines that threatens the administration's efforts to quell the pandemic.

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