Facebook may be on the hook after being caught red-handed teaming up with Dr. Anthony Fauci to censor users who posted about China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology – the lab suspected of leaking the Coronavirus.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Facebook could be taken to court by those users that had their posts about the Wuhan lab leak censored after recently disclosed emails from Dr. Fauci show there was correspondence between him and Mark Zuckerberg, which then led to Facebook censoring such posts.
“But these latest breakthroughs have real consequence because it is now clear that Facebook was operating at the direction of and in the direct benefit of the federal government and operating as the government censor, utilizing their monopoly position to censor on behalf of the government,” Cruz said to Maria Bartiromo the host of Fox News’s, Sunday Morning Futures.
Cruz’s comment came in response to a question posed by Bartimoro, “will these companies ever be held to account for this corporate dominance and misleading of information to the American people?”
“Well, they certainly should be. Unfortunately, I don’t expect the Biden administration will do anything to hold them to account,” Cruz said.
“Maria, that’s a very dangerous admission that is now out there for Facebook because it means anybody in the country, or anybody in the world, whose statements, whose speech was censored by Facebook—if you went out and posted the facts that led a year ago, to the very strong likelihood that the COVID virus escaped from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, China—if you posted that a year ago and they took it down, I think there’s a very good argument you have a cause of action against Facebook.”
Following the emails between Fauci and Zuckerberg, Facebook changed its censorship policy about what information was true and what was “misinformation.”
In February, the social media company stated in a blog post that it would take down posts that contained what it called false claims about COVID-19, including that COVID-19 is man-made and that experimental vaccines could be dangerous. Facebook said at the time that it would remove accounts, pages, and groups that share the claims repeatedly.
On May 26 Facebook pulled a complete reversal, announcing that posts pushing the hypothesis that COVID-19 is man-made will no longer be banned on the platform.
“In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps,” a Facebook statement said.
“Facebook would ordinarily say we’re a private company we’re not liable. Well, You know what, when they act at the behest of the government, when they contact Fauci, when they say, ‘should we censor this?’ and Fauci says yes, and they censor it for the federal government—and then magically when the government changes its mind and says, oh, all those facts that were there a year ago now you’re allowed to talk about it, [and] they stopped censoring it with a flip of a switch, that lays a very strong argument that Facebook is operating as a state agency, and that opens very significant legal liability,” Cruz said.
Author: Braden Smith