Billions of people use social media, with 2.8 billion people having a facebook account and 1 billion having a Instagram account it is no question that social media has changed how we live today. Wether the experience was good or bad many people are able to post their opinions or update their own life on social media pages. You can find people that like the same things as you or even make a new friend without having to see them in person. However with all the good things social media has done for us there are many downsides to getting information this way.
Many believe in the dangers to the COVID-19 vaccine and tell other people on the internet. This misinformation spreads and ends up ending lives in the process.
Facebook and the Biden administration engaged in an increasingly heated war of words over the weekend after President Joe Biden said Friday that tech platforms like the social media giant are “killing people” by allowing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines to spread online.
A Facebook spokesman pushed back against Biden’s accusations, noting the company directed more than 2 billion people to reliable information about COVID-19 and vaccines. Facebook has an online hub for COVID-19 information as part of an effort to steer people toward authoritative sources. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used Facebook’s vaccine finder tool, he said.
“We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”
This directly goes against what President Biden says and may create bigger issues in the future regarding social media and how the government should interfere.