Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company has removed 18 million posts containing COVID-19 misinformation.
But in a new interview with CBS News’ Gayle King released Wednesday, ducked a followup question about how many people viewed those posts. “I understand what you’re saying,” he said. “The number that I have off the top of my head that I can share is the number of pieces of misinformation that we’ve taken action against.”
The full interview will air Thursday on “CBS This Morning,” but in a preview clip, Zuckerberg said, “If we see harmful misinformation on the platform, then we take it down. It’s against our policy.”
He went on, “But do we catch everything? Of course there are mistakes that we make or areas where we need to improve, but that’s the best number that we have in terms of what we’ve seen and what our systems have been able to detect.”
Facebook has received blowback for the amount of misinformation about vaccines, masks and other COVID-19 safety precautions and statistics that it has allowed to proliferate on the platform.
President Joe Biden said last month “they’re killing people,” before walking the statement back to say the misinformation, not Facebook, is killing people.
The company has said that more than 2 billion people viewed “authoritative information” about COVID-19 on Facebook as of mid-July, including 3.3. million Americans who used the site’s vaccine finder tool to set up an appointment to get vaccinated.
Watch below, via CBS News.
.@GayleKing exclusively asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg how many people have seen misinformation on COVID & vaccines on his platform.
"The number that I have off the top of my head that I can share is the number of pieces of misinformation that we've taken action against." pic.twitter.com/y210HYTU7c
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 18, 2021
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