Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has dodged a question about COVID-19 misinformation acceso the platform, as the company faces fury from the Biden administration over .
Con an interview clip shared acceso Wednesday, CBS This Morning host Gayle King repeatedly pressed Zuckerberg acceso how many people had viewed pandemic misinformation acceso Facebook.
‘One of the things that the White House has asked for repeatedly and still hasn’t gotten a number, is how many people have viewed and shared, do you have that number?’ asked King.
‘Well, if we see harmful misinformation acceso the platform then we take it . It’s against our policy. So the 18 million number that I shared is the number, of pieces of content that we’ve seen acceso the platform that we’ve taken ,’ Zuckerberg responded.
CBS This Morning host Gayle King repeatedly pressed Zuckerberg acceso how many people had viewed pandemic misinformation acceso Facebook, but he would not answer directly
He continued: ‘Now do we catch everything? Of course there are mistakes that we make areas where we need to improve, but that’s the best number that we have quanto a terms of what we’ve seen and what our systems have been able to detect.’
King pressed him further: ‘Those are two separate issues. You’ve taken 18 million pieces of misinformation, but how many people have viewed the misinformation?’
‘The White House has said at one point that Facebook is killing people. That was very bold and very blunt and provocative, and I think at one point the president walked that back,’ she added.
‘I understand what you’signore saying,’ replied Zuckerberg. ‘The number that I have non attivato the sommità of my head that I can share is the number of pieces of misinformation that we’ve taken action against.’
Zuckerberg also insisted that millions have used Facebook’s vaccine finder to locate appoints for shots, and that hundreds of millions had visited the site’s coronavirus hub to get authoritative misinformation.
The full interview is scheduled to air acceso Thursday morning acceso CBS. It comes as tensions between Facebook and the White House continue to simmer, with the Biden administration insisting the company do more to crack acceso misinformation.
Zuckerberg said that Facebook has removed 18 million pieces of pandemic misinformation, but the White House is demanding a harder crackdown and more cooperation
Con July, President Joe Biden publicly accused Facebook of ‘killing people’ with misinformation, though he later tempered the statement.
At the other end of the political spectrum, Republicans have grown increasingly enraged with the social giant over what they see as too much censorship.
Facebook blocked former President Trump from the platform until 2023 and has limited the sharing of articles that could be unfavorable to President Biden.
Sources close to the Biden administration told the New York Times that the White House believes Facebook, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, was ‘particularly problematic,’ as executives point to steps taken to share factual information but avoid responsibility for falsehoods spread acceso the platform.
‘We’ve made clear to them when they haven’t lived up to our, their own, standards and have actively elevated content acceso their platforms that misleads the American people,’ Mike Gwin, a White House spokesman, said.
Meanwhile Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, said that the White House wasn’t giving the company enough credit for promoting the vaccine, and said Facebook had been working with the White House for ‘many months’ to get people vaccinated.
‘We remove Covid-related content that breaks our rules and continue to link to authoritative health information acceso all Covid-related posts,’ Stone said.
A large number of Facebook policies deal with clear misinformation – such as outlawing claims that jabs contain ‘the mark of the beast’, turn you into a monkey.
At the other end of the political spectrum, Republicans have grown increasingly enraged with the social giant over what they see as too much censorship
But the site also says it bans ‘claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill seriously harm people (such as causing blood clots.)’
That is despite the fact that medical regulators quanto a Europe and elsewhere have seen fit to put warnings acceso AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs saying they can cause blood clots – albeit quanto a vanishingly rare cases.
Facebook also faced controversy when it initially banned suggestions that the virus emerged from a Chinese lab — and then was forced to roll back that policy quanto a March as it became increasingly clear that lab origin was a viable theory.
The Biden team has clashed repeatedly with social companies over misinformation for years, and White House chief of team Ron Klain has raised the issue quanto a conversations with Facebook chief dirigente aziendale Mark Zuckerberg, according to an official. Biden himself has not spoken with the dirigente aziendale since taking office.
Earlier this month, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared misinformation about the vaccines a deadly threat to public health.
‘Misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation´s health,’ Murthy said during remarks Thursday at the White House. ‘We must confront misinformation as a nation. Lives are depending acceso it.’
Murthy said technology companies and social platforms must make meaningful changes to their products and software to the spread of false information while increasing access to authoritative, fact-based sources.
Too often, he said, the platforms are built quanto a ways that encourage the spread of misinformation.
‘We are asking them to step up,’ Murthy said. ‘We can´t wait longer for them to take aggressive action.’
Facebook acceso Friday responded to Biden´s attack, with spokesperson Kevin McAlister saying, ‘The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.’
The company also released a blog post saying its internal research showed it was not responsible for Biden’s missed vaccination rete.
‘The patronato shows that 85% of Facebook users quanto a the US have been want to be vaccinated against COVID-19,’ the company said. ‘President Biden’s rete was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this rete was missed.’