Amy Klobuchar Backs Joe Biden on Facebook Vaccine Misinformation: 'Take This Cr*p Off'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar slammed social media companies for allowing misinformation about the COVID vaccine to continue to spread while cases of the coronavirus are surging around the country.

Klobuchar's remarks came after President Joe Biden said social media giants like Facebook were "killing people" by allowing virus misinformation to circulate.

"Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated," Biden said, after his administration announced it would flag content to Facebook as part of a campaign to tackle COVID misinformation.

During an appearance on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Klobuchar, a Democrat representing Minnesota, backed the president's condemnation of social media platforms over the issue.

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"Social media has greatly contributed to this misinformation, there's no doubt," Klobuchar told Dana Bash. "So I really appreciate President Biden calling this out."

Klobuchar continued: "When we have a public health crisis and people are dying every day, enough is enough.

"These are the richest companies in the world... there's absolutely no reason they shouldn't be able to monitor this better and take this cr*p off of their platforms that are basically telling people,'oh, hey, there's problems,' when we know science proves there isn't."

Klobuchar said she "feels very strongly" about countering misinformation because the data shows that it is the unvaccinated who are "tragically dying."

Earlier on the show, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said about 99.5 percent of COVID deaths in the U.S. are unvaccinated people.

"So that's why it is so important that we take every measure possible to make sure people have the information they need about the vaccine, to make sure they have access to the vaccine, and to help them get vaccinated as quickly as possible," Murphy said. "It is our fastest, most effective way out of this pandemic, Dana."

Murphy also said social media companies aren't doing enough to combat misinformation.

Klobuchar said there was a need for more Republicans to promote the vaccine to those reluctant to take it. But she also said she would also support using antitrust laws to break up social media platforms.

"Breaking them up, part of this is, they have gobbled up so many companies, that you don't even have the chance that other media platforms could do this on social media. So, I am a fan of using antitrust to look back and see if they should divest assets, so we can get true competition against the dominant platforms."

Newsweek has contacted Facebook and Klobuchar's office for additional comment.

Facebook Says It Isn't to Blame

Over the weekend, Facebook hit back at accusations the company hasn't done enough to tackle misinformation.

"At a time when COVID-19 cases are rising in America, the Biden administration has chosen to blame a handful of American social media companies. While social media plays an important role in society, it is clear that we need a whole of society approach to end this pandemic. And facts—not allegations—should help inform that effort," Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP of Integrity, said in a statement on Saturday.

"The fact is that vaccine acceptance among Facebook users in the US has increased. These and other facts tell a very different story to the one promoted by the administration in recent days."

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (C) (D-MN), Sen. Jeff Merkley (L) (D-OR), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) (D-NY) announce the introduction of S.1., the "For the People" Act, outside the U.S. Capitol March 17, 2021, in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images