In his Jan. 13 speech President Joe Biden urged social media platforms to stop censoring American citizens online. The remarks were made amid censorship and government crackdowns.
Biden made a “special appeal to social media companies and media outlets” calling them to “please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that’s on your shows” in his address. He said “It has to stop,” admonishing Big Tech and the media for somehow “sitting on the sidelines” by not censoring enough speech.
Biden’s calls for censorship marked the first month of his administration.
Surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy declared he was “urging all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” according to a public advisory he released in July. He proclaimed in no uncertain terms that “health misinformation is a serious threat to public health.”
White House Press Secretary Jen PsakI called upon Big Tech also to pro-censorship measures. “There’s [sic] …proposed changes that we have made to social media platforms, including Facebook, and those specifically are four key steps.” Those included publicly sharing the impact of “misinformation”; “a robust enforcement strategy”; “faster action against harmful posts”; and promoting “quality information sources.”
She noted that, “Decisions to regulate or hold to account any platform would certainly be a policy decision, but in the interim, we’re going to continue to call out disinformation, and call out where that information travels.”
Some may find it difficult to imagine Big Tech further censoring the COVID-19 story and Biden. YouTube made national headlines recently by removing an interview featuring Joe Rogan (a famous podcaster) and Dr. Peter McCullough, a Texas-based physician about the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been so outlandish that Alphabet shareholder and ethics watchdog The National Legal and Policy Center demanded Alphabet’s Google to turn over its files of content bans for the Biden administration.
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