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Biden softens tone after Facebook indictment, but continues to pursue anti-misinformation measures

WASHINGTON, Jul 19 (.) – US President Joe Biden took a softer tone on Monday when speaking of Facebook Inc, after saying last week that the social media company was “killing people” by allow the spread of misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.

Biden told reporters on Monday that he expected Facebook to “look in the mirror.”

“My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally … will do something about disinformation,” the president said. “Think of the misinformation that reaches your son, your daughter, your relatives, someone you love.”

Disinformation about COVID-19 has spread during the pandemic on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc.

Researchers and lawmakers have long accused Facebook of failing to monitor harmful content on its platforms.

When asked about his message on social media platforms on Friday, Biden replied: “They’re killing people … Look, the only pandemic we have is the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”

Facebook responded harshly last week, saying that 85% of its users were vaccinated or wanted to be vaccinated. “President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was not met,” Guy Rosen, a company vice president, said on the blog. Facebook corporate.

The company has introduced regulations against making specific false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines to prevent the disease and claims that it provides people with reliable information on these topics.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; written by Diane Bartz; edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

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