by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki started a hullabaloo yesterday by admitting that they had been in “frequent contact” with Facebook to “flag misinformation” to get Facebook to take down information about the Wuhan coronavirus that they considered “misinformation” and to ban users. Today, she doubled down on that and said that people banned on one platform should be banned on all platforms, an especially troubling thing to say when the government is in constant contact with social media to flag and ban people.
Then Joe Biden made an insane comment on his way to his helicopter at the White House that Facebook was “killing people.” “What’s your message to platforms like Facebook?” “They’re killing people,” Biden said. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”
Facebook is now fighting back after that accusation. …
… It isn’t about whether the information they are providing is good, bad or indifferent. It isn’t about whether they save lives or not. The bottom line is the state doesn’t have a right to censor information that Americans hear but that’s exactly what they’re trying to do.
The government doesn’t get to determine what truth is. Of course by their own standards now Misinformation Joe, who claimed that Facebook was killing people, needs to be banned, since that’s misinformation.
Facebook also put the finger on the White House, saying they were trying to blame Facebook for the White House missing its own vaccination goals. …
… It is true that the White House missed their July 4th goal numbers. But it also isn’t Facebook or the government’s role to get people vaccinated – that’s up to the people themselves, that’s their choice and everyone has had an ample change to get vaccinated if they wanted. The government needs to stop trying to compel people.