Biden warns about conspiracies flourishing in the US: 'The rest of the world's wondering about us'
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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President Joe Biden on Wednesday raised the alarm about conspiracy theories flourishing in the US and dividing the nation, warning that "the rest of the world's wondering about us."
Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday raised the alarm about conspiracy theories flourishing in the US and dividing the nation, warning that "the rest of the world's wondering about us. "
Speaking at a CNN town hall in Ohio, Biden said the US has "got to get beyond this" moment after referencing the QAnon conspiracy theory and the role of misinformation in sowing division and unfounded fears over the Covid-19 vaccine. .
Biden's comments come as the White House has struck a confrontational posture with social media platforms over the prevalence of misleading claims, particularly as they relate to coronavirus vaccines while cases tick up nationwide.
US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy warned last week that health misinformation is "a serious threat to public health," and the administration directly called out social media giant Facebook, accusing it of not doing enough to stop the spread of false information on its platform.
And while Biden on Monday backed off his accusation that Facebook was "killing people" by allowing misinformation to spread, he maintained the platform needs to do more to stem conspiracies from thriving.
"My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally, that somehow I'm saying Facebook is killing people, that they would do something about the misinformation, the outrageous misinformation about the vaccine.