In an effort to target “COVID misinformation” and overcome “vaccine hesitancy,” the Biden administration is working with Facebook, Google, and Twitter, according to senior officials of the administration who spoke with Reuters.
The White House’s direct engagement with the companies to mitigate the challenge has not been previously reported. Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, has previously said the administration will try to work with Silicon Valley on the issue.
“Disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated, and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” said the source, who has direct knowledge of the White House’s efforts.
“We are talking to them … so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly.”
The Biden White House is especially trying to make sure such material “does not start trending on such platforms and become a broader movement,” the source said.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company reached out to the Biden White House, offering “any assistance we can provide.” A Twitter spokesperson said the company is “in regular communication with the White House on a number of critical issues including COVID-19 misinformation.”
The government source confirmed to Reuters that tech companies were “receptive” to requests for more censorship of “misinformation.” Further updates on the Biden administration’s censorship efforts “within the next ten days or so.”
According to Reuters, the source used the L.A. Dodgers’ recent anti-vaccine protest as events the administration wants to prevent in the future.