Joe Biden and his administration have deployed an all-out assault on free-speech like nothing ever seen before in America, and this group of Senators is finally looking to hold him accountable.
The Biden admin has openly admitted to “partnering” with social media companies to remove “misinformation,” a partnership which Senators are warning is a sever violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has certainly not been shy about their arrangement with the left-wing tech giants that dominate the social media landscape. Psaki recently said that users “shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others” if they post “misinformation online.” She also revealed that the Biden administration is “flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
Psaki also admitted to working with social media companies to help help ensure that they have the proper “narratives.”
Last week, President Biden alleged that Facebook is “killing people” by allowing a particular subset of users to spread their views about COVID-19.
“These twelve people are out there giving misinformation. Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It’s killing people. It’s bad information,” Biden said. “My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally, that somehow I’m saying Facebook is killing people, that they would do something about the misinformation, the outrageous misinformation about the vaccine.” Biden, however, quickly retracted that statement afterwards.
Facebook later confirmed it is involved in “private exchanges” with the Biden administration on how to manage COVID-19 information on the platform.
A letter sent to the Commander-in-Chief by a group of Senators, including Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Mike Braun, Roger Marshall, Kevin Cramer, Rick Scott, James Lankford, and Tommy Tuberville, cited Psaki’s statements and expressed concern that the Biden administration’s policy toward “misinformation” is unavoidably partisan.
The letter states:
“The public is already aware of efforts by the media and the executive branch to silence information that is unflattering to this Administration under the guise of “disinformation.” For example, unnamed intelligence officials, the media, and social media platforms engaged in a coordinated effort to censor stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop and his questionable financial dealings under the false label of “disinformation”…
With this history, big tech, the corporate media, and the Administration have no credibility in determining what is and isn’t “misinformation.” Americans are rightfully alarmed and suspicious of the motivations behind the Administration’s apparent coordination with tech companies to potentially censor disfavored speech, as vaguely described by Ms. Psaki at the recent White House press briefing.”
The lawmakers also demanded that the nearing tyrannical administration “halt any actions it has or is currently undertaking to censor American’s speech.”
The senators further asked President Biden to provide legal justification for the flagging of misinformation a specific description of how the administration is working with social media companies; and definitions of terms like “trusted content,” “accurate information,” and “narrative.”
Author: Benjamin Harvey