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Mark Zuckerberg speaks virtually during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees hearing on March 25. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images

Facebook fired back on Friday evening after President Biden earlier said that social media platforms are "killing people" by allowing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on their sites.

What they're saying: "We will not be distracted by accusations which aren't supported by the facts," a spokesperson for the tech giant said in a statement Friday.

The Facebook response followed Biden's commentary on the South Lawn of the White House, during which he said, "[T]he only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s — they’re killing people."

  • "The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet," Facebook spokesperson Dani Lever said in response, ABC News reports.
  • "More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine," Lever added. "The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period."

The big picture: The Biden administration has recently increased its attacks on Facebook, and the company has been under fire for COVID-related misinformation for months.

  • "We’re dealing with a life or death issue here, and so everybody has a role to play in making sure there’s accurate information," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier on Friday. "They’re a private sector company. They’re going to make decisions about additional steps they can take. It’s clear there are more that can be taken."
  • Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called on social media companies Thursday to curb misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines in his first health advisory since being confirmed to the position.

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Jul 16, 2021 - Health

CDC director warns of "pandemic of the unvaccinated"

A sign points to a vaccination site inside Union Station on June 10 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm over what she called a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are again on the rise across the U.S.

Driving the news: During a Friday news briefing, Rochelle Walensky warned that the latest seven-day average of new cases — tallying an increase of nearly 70% from the previous seven-day average — poses a risk to individuals who are not vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Jul 16, 2021 - Health

The hunt for celebrity COVID vaccine endorsements

Pop music star and Disney actress Olivia Rodrigo makes a brief statement to reporters. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Gen Z pop star Olivia Rodrigo was at the White House this week to create promotional videos aimed at spurring sluggish COVID-19 vaccination rates among America's youth.

The big picture: Rodrigo is among the most high-profile recruits aimed directly at appealing to Generation Z by the Biden Administration when it comes to the vaccine.