Olympics and Covid-19 pandemic: Live updates – CNN

President Biden continued to put pressure on social media giant Facebook Monday as he sought to clarify comments that the platform was killing people through misinformation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Asked about those comments by CNNs Kaitlan Collins, Biden said, I meant precisely what I said. Im glad you asked me that question, going on to explain that he had just read an article that showed that of all the misinformation on the platform, 60% of that misinformation came from 12 individuals.

Asked by Collins whether the platform had done enough, he said he was unsure.

To be completely honest with you, I dont know that they did anything today, up to the weekend, I dont think they had. But I dont know, I dont know the answer to that question, he said.

Asked whether he would take steps to hold the company accountable if they dont do more, Biden said, Im not trying to hold people accountable, Im trying to make people look at themselves, look in the mirror. Think about that misinformation going to your son, your daughter, your relative, someone you love. Thats what Im asking.

Theextraordinary spat between the White House and Facebookover Covid-19 disinformation has pit the President against one of the countrys most prominent companies as the race to vaccinate continues and Covid-19 cases spread.

Theescalating war of words comes after growing frustration at the White Houseover what they say are inadequate steps by the social media platform to control the spread of anti-vaccine disinformation.

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