In messages sent from Facebook to the Biden White House, the social media giant admitted that it often suppressed “true” information about the COVID-19 vaccinations in order to stay true to Biden’s narrative.
The information was revealed in the discovery phase of a lawsuit launched by several state attorneys general in the case Missouri v. Biden. The documents were released by Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey who said Big Tech and Joe Biden administration “colluded with Big Tech social media companies to violate Americans’ right to free speech under the First Amendment.”
“I want to protect Missourians and the freedoms they enjoy, which is why as attorney general, I will always defend the Constitution,” Bailey said. “This case is about the Biden administration’s blatant disregard for the First Amendment and its collusion with Big Tech social media companies to suppress speech it disagrees with.”
“I will always fight back against unelected bureaucrats who seek to indoctrinate the people of this state by violating our constitutional right to free and open debate,” he added.
Per the Daily Signal:
In an email to the White House dated March 21, 2021, a Facebook staff member discussed “levers for tackling vaccine hesitancy content” with Andrew Slavitt, then a senior adviser on Biden’s COVID-19 response team, and Rob Flaherty, White House director of digital strategy.
“You also asked us about our levers for reducing virality of vaccine hesitancy content,” wrote the Facebook staffer, whose identity was redacted. “As you know, in addition to removing vaccine misinformation, we have been focused on reducing the virality of content discouraging vaccines that does not contain actionable information. This is often-true content, which we allow at the post level because it is important for people to be able to discuss both their personal experiences and concerns about the vaccine, but it can be framed as sensation, alarmist, or shocking.”
“We’ll remove these Groups, Pages, and Accounts when they are disproportionately promoting this sensationalized content,” the Facebook staffer added. He or she then promised, “More on this front as we proceed to implement.”
In this email to the White House, the Facebook representative admitted to preventing exposure of content that doesn’t violate Facebook’s policies—content that isn’t “actionable.” The staffer also suggested that the White House had asked Facebook to take these measures.
The Daily Signal has much more of these communications in its report.
Needless to say, Facebook continued working with the White House to suppress user posts and to hew to Biden’s propaganda throughout the pandemic (and probably still is today).
This is a clear-cut violation of the First Amendment protections of free speech. The government used Facebook as a proxy to squelch people’s political speech. There is nothing legal about this at all.Commentary