U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday clarified his remarks from last week that social media companies like Facebook are \u0022killing people\u0022 by allowing the spread of Covid-19 misinformation, explaining instead that users are posting deadly \u0022bad information.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022By remaining the platform of choice for insurrectionists, extremists, and far right radicals, Facebook continues to wallow in filth—from Q-anon to January 6th to Covid disinformation.\u0022\r\n—The Real Facebook Oversight Board\r\n\r\nLast Friday, Biden responded to a reporter\u0026#039;s question about Covid-19 misinformation on social media platforms by saying \u0022they\u0026#039;re killing people\u0022 and that \u0022the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated.\u0022\r\n\r\nAsked on Monday about his comment, Biden replied, \u0022I meant precisely what I said.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Facebook isn\u0026#039;t killing people—these 12 people are out there giving misinformation,\u0022 the president said, echoing comments by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday that a dozen people are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all anti-vaccine posts on social media, and that \u0022all of them remain active on Facebook.\u0022\r\n\r\nBiden said that \u0022anyone listening\u0022 to the misinformation \u0022is getting hurt by it.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s killing people,\u0022 he reiterated. \u0022It\u0026#039;s bad information.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally, that somehow I\u0026#039;m saying Facebook is killing people, that they would do something about the misinformation, the outrageous misinformation about the vaccine,\u0022 said Biden. \u0022That\u0026#039;s what I meant.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe White House remarks on Friday followed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy\u0026#039;s issuance of an advisory entitled Confronting Health Misinformation (pdf), which calls on \u0022all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.\u0022\r\n\r\nAppearing on CNN Sunday, Murthy backed up the White House\u0026#039;s Friday comments by saying: \u0022I\u0026#039;ve been very consistent in what I have said to the technology companies... health misinformation harms people\u0026#039;s health. It costs them their lives.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Real Facebook Oversight Board—a self-described \u0022emergency response to the ongoing harms on Facebook\u0026#039;s platforms from leading global scholars, experts, and advocates\u0022—defended Biden\u0026#039;s remarks from last week in a Sunday Medium post stating that \u0022Facebook\u0026#039;s lack of oversight and any coherent content moderation strategy is driving vaccinations down and Covid infections up.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe group noted that \u002211 out of the top 15 vaccine related-posts on Facebook last week were disinformation or anti-vaccine.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Facebook has a Covid disinformation problem because Facebook has a right-wing extremism problem,\u0022 the post asserted. \u0022By remaining the platform of choice for insurrectionists, extremists, and far right radicals, Facebook continues to wallow in filth—from QAnon to January 6th to Covid disinformation.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn a Saturday blog post entitled \u0022Moving Past the Finger Pointing,\u0022 Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen wrote that \u0022the data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the U.S. have been or want to be vaccinated against Covid-19.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022President Biden\u0026#039;s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed,\u0022 Rosen added.\r\n\r\nBiden\u0026#039;s remarks about Facebook ignited a firestorm of right-wing backlash, including more misinformation. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) tweeted that \u0022this is how communism starts.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The White House is working with Facebook to censor your post which is violating your free speech because people want to discuss... a non-FDA approved vaccine that the Biden administration wants to force you to take,\u0022 Greene lied. Her tweet was the top vaccine-related post in the U.S. on Friday, according to CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned social insights tool.\r\n\r\nThe Facebook fracas comes as the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is largely responsible for a 70% surge in new U.S. infections last week, with hospitalizations up by more than one-third. Less than half of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, with the nation\u0026#039;s inoculation drive stalled amid hesitancy partially driven by misinformation.