During a press briefing, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha blamed the spread of misinformation about the virus on social media users.
Last week, Jha asked the public not to “trust” social media users who challenge narratives about the virus that go against the government’s narrative.
“You can decide to trust America’s physicians, or you can trust some random dude on Twitter. Those are your choices,” Jha said.
“For journalists and for people who own platforms, what I would say is you should be thinking about what your personal responsibility is, and do you want to be a source of misinformation and disinformation? That’s up to those individuals.”
The Biden administration has been accused of using social media companies to suppress certain viewpoints about the virus and is currently facing a lawsuit for the same.