White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted the Biden administration is flagging “problematic” posts on Facebook that contain “misinformation” about coronavirus vaccines while in “regular touch” with Zuckerberg.
“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,” Psaki told reporters, adding, “his is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic.”
“We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s Office. We are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.
Psaki’s statement follows Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s demands for social media companies to clamp down on alleged misinformation about the pandemic and coronavirus vaccines.
“Health misinformation has led people to resist wearing masks in high-risk settings. It’s led them to turn down proven treatments and to choose not to get vaccinated. This has led to avoidable illnesses and deaths,” warned Murthy.
In conjunction with other major tech companies, Facebook continues to crack down on constitutionally protected speech referencing the coronavirus and vaccines. A Wall Street Journal op-ed from a surgeon with John Hopkins arguing that herd immunity would be achieved by April was censored in March of this year.
The tech giant bans the so-called misinformation about the coronavirus vaccines, despite Mark Zuckerberg’s expressed concerns about unknown long-term side effects ability to modify DNA and RNA. Zuckerberg’s comments were uncovered in a leaked video published by Project Veritas in February.
In recognition of unsettled facts around coronavirus, earlier this year, Facebook reversed its position on the theory of coronavirus origin.
The open admission of coordinated censorship between the White House and Facebook will be welcomed by Donald Trump’s lawyers, as the recently announced lawsuit rest on claims that social media companies concluded with government bureaucrats and politicians suppressing his speech on their platforms.
Another lawsuit, on behalf of pro-Trump activist Rogan O’Handley, also makes the public-private collusion argument, evidence that Twitter colluded with the California government to suppress political speech is presented.