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In a tweet this week, the White House falsely claimed that when Joe Biden took office last year, the White House was facing backlash, saying there was “no vaccine available” when Joe Biden took office, but Twitter and the White House disagreed as to why This statement remains on the platform without the “error message” warning label.
On Thursday, the official White House Twitter account statement“When President Biden took office, millions of people lost their jobs and no vaccine was available.”
White House says it ‘misrepresented’ President Biden won’t have a vaccine when he takes office
After the initial tweet drew fierce criticism from Twitter users who pointed out that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available when Biden takes office on Jan. 20, 2021, the White House acknowledged in a follow-up tweet on Friday that it “misrepresented” The vaccine is unavailable in January 2021,” but did not delete the original tweet, which was shared nearly 3,000 times.
“We wrongly stated earlier that vaccines would not be available in January 2021. We should say they are not widely available. Vaccines were available shortly before the President took office. Since then, he has been responsible for providing comprehensive coverage for more than 200 million people. Get vaccinated,” tweeted Friday statement.
White House tweets to bury Biden inauguration claiming ‘no vaccine’: ‘Delete this’
Fox News reached out to the White House and Twitter over the weekend to ask why the tweet had not been removed and why it had not been put on a warning label to inform readers of the inaccurate information it contained. Fox News had no immediate response from the White House or Twitter.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were both vaccinated against COVID-19 before their inauguration, shortly after Sandra Lindsay, the nation’s first person, was vaccinated on December 14, 2020. Biden received his first dose of the vaccine on December 21, 2020, while Harris received hers on December 29, 2020.
Twitter users from across the political spectrum criticized the White House post.
“Who’s running the @WhiteHouse Twitter account?” asked The Washington Post’s chief fact-checker Glenn Kessler, urging whoever it was to “delete this fake tweet.”
“Biden himself has said that 8 percent of seniors were vaccinated on the day he took office. Biden is one of them,” he added, linking to a fact-checking article he wrote last year.
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Fox News contributor Joe Concha asked his Twitter users, “Anyone getting a customer service line for the new disinformation board?”
Author Max Abrahms joked about putting the government-appointed “Disinformation Governance Council” in charge of the case, tweeting: “Call Nina Jankovic.”
Adam Sabes and Gabriel Hays of Fox News contributed to this article.