The WH Isn't Even Trying to Hide That It's Working with Big Tech

On Thursday, the White House announced that it is working with Facebook to censor posts about COVID-19 that it deems "disinformation" and "problematic." As reported by the National Review, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki:

[D]iscussed four key steps the federal government is taking to hold Facebook and other tech titans accountable for identifying and restricting content deemed factually incorrect surrounding the COVID vaccine.

“Facebook should provide publicly and transparently data on the reach of the COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, not just engagement but the reach of the misinformation and the audience that it’s reaching,” Psaki commented. ” This should be provided not just to researchers but to the public.”

She also said the White House had proposed a “robust enforcement strategy” that bridges the properties of the tech titans like Facebook, which also owns the popular apps Instagram and Snapchat, and  “provides transparency about the rules.”...

Facebook has an obligation to use its power to “promote quality information sources in their feed algorithm,” Psaki suggested, noting that “Facebook has repeatedly shown they have the leverage” to do so.

While Republicans have differing viewpoints on how to approach censorship by Big Tech, we can all agree that it is incredibly problematic that the the Biden Administration is working with social media platforms to censor certain viewpoints. Katie Pavlich wrote:

[W]hat's problematic is this type of approach and censorship from the government. 

Early last year Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emailed Dr. Anthony Fauci offering a partnership to promote and police information about Wuhan coronavirus. That led to Facebook, at Fauci's direction, censoring the lab leak theory for more than year. Only recently did Facebook start allowing posts about the theory, which is exceedingly credible, to remain on the platform. 

"Facebook will no longer take down posts claiming that Covid-19 was man-made or manufactured, a company spokesperson told POLITICO on Wednesday, a move that acknowledges the renewed debate about the virus’ origins," POLITICO reported in May. "Facebook’s policy tweak arrives as support surges in Washington for a fuller investigation into the origins of Covid-19 after the Wall Street Journal reported that three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in late 2019 with symptoms consistent with the virus. The findings have reinvigorated the debate about the so-called Wuhan lab-leak theory, once dismissed as a fringe conspiracy theory."

The announcement by the Biden Administration is especially alarming in light of remarks a member of Facebook’s Oversight Board made this week.

Republican members of Congress are already voicing their concerns about the White House's statements.

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