Facebook guarantees that the acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine among its users, it increased from 70% in January to 85% in July, and it has been working to contain the misinformation about immunizing agents in its networks. The declaration, published by the company, is a response to the comment made by US President Joe Biden that Facebook would be "killing people" by allowing the dissemination of fake news.

The US is experiencing a slowdown in vaccination rates and a increase in Covid-19 cases, and the White House launched a campaign pressuring Facebook and other platforms to act more aggressively to contain the misinformation about vaccines against the coronavirus. There, the number of cases and deaths related to the virus have increased in recent weeks, as new variants reach the unvaccinated population.

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In response, the social network stated that "although social media plays an important role in society, it is clear that we need a society-wide approach to end this pandemic." For the company, facts – “not allegations” – should help inform this effort. “The fact is that acceptance of the vaccine among Facebook users in the United States has increased. These and other facts tell a very different story from the one promoted by the government in recent days”, states the note.

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To support its argument, Facebook claims that 85% of its user base in the United States has been or wants to be vaccinated against Covid-19. “President Biden's goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4th. Facebook is not the reason that goal was missed.” The company also says it adopts the same policies in the UK and Canada, "which have similar rates of Facebook usage to the US, and these countries have achieved over 70% vaccination of eligible populations."

The social network suggests that “the result in the United States goes beyond Facebook”, without explaining exactly what would be the other causes for the slowdown in vaccination. On the other hand, Facebook points out that "more than 2 billion people have seen reliable information ​​about Covid-19 and vaccines" on its networks, but did not present data on how much incorrect information escapes its monitoring, or how many people would have been impacted For them.

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