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Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed on Thursday that the Biden Administration has been consulting with Facebook to flag misinformation regarding COVID-19.
Needless to say, the White House is receiving immense condemnation from critics.
Fox News reported:
On Thursday, Psaki was asked a question regarding the Biden administration’s request for tech companies to be more “aggressive” when policing what they referred to as “misinformation.” Psaki revealed that the White House is “in regular touch with social media platforms” to handle it.
“We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team — given, as Dr. Murthy conveyed, this is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic,” Psaki explained.
Apparently the Biden Administrations efforts include flagging posts on Facebook. Interesting. So we were right when we theorized that big tech companies and the democrats are working synergistically.
Psaki says the White House has been flagging "problematic posts" on Facebook they believe are misinformation about Wuhan coronavirus. Reminder: Fauci worked with Facebook to ban the lab leak theory, which is factual, for more than a year.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 15, 2021
Whether the information is correct or not, this is such an infringement of the First Amendment. Shoot, take Wikipedia for example – they’re not a valid source of factual information but they still have the right to say what ever they please.
“Within the Surgeon General’s Office, we’re flagging posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” Psaki said. “We’re working with doctors and medical professionals to connect medical experts with people, who are popular with their audiences with accurate information and boost trusted content. So, we’re helping get trusted content out there. We also created the COVID Community Corps to get factual information into the hands of local messengers.”
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) July 15, 2021
Or we can just allow free speech however people see fit, so long as they’re not inciting violence, and we can be grownups about differentiating information as accurate or not. We don’t need the government and big tech to do all the thinking for us (even though I’m sure that’s what the left wants… much like communist China).
🚨🚨: Jen Psaki says the Biden administration is actively flagging what they deem "disinformation" about the pandemic to Facebook for censoring.
What could go wrong?? pic.twitter.com/THz85cqi3R
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) July 15, 2021
Later, Psaki defended the Biden administration’s actions stating that Facebook needed to “move more quickly” to handle “harmful” posts.
“It’s important to take faster action against harmful posts. As you all know, information travels quite quickly on social media platforms. Sometimes it’s not accurate, and Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful violative posts. Posts that would be within their policies for removal often remain up for days. That’s too long. The information spreads too quickly,” she said.
Harmful posts? An elderly couple drank their freaking fish tank cleaner to combat COVID-19… I’m pretty sure that was simply a huge lapse in judgment and total lack of knowledge.
People still think the Earth is flat, for Christ’s sake.