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President Biden has been more freewheeling with his remarks in the last few weeks, leading to slip-ups the White House has had to clean up.
The most recent example came Friday, when Biden accused Facebook of “killing people” because of the misinformation spread on the social media network about coronavirus vaccines.
It was a striking statement that triggered a furious response from Facebook. And on Monday, it became clear Biden had gone further and been more biting than he intended.
Less than three days after his initial remarks, the president reversed course, saying Facebook “isn’t killing people.”
“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 information about the vaccine. That’s what I meant.”