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Marsha Blackburn Calls on Biden White House to Explain Coordination with Big Tech to Censor Americans

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on President Joe Biden to release information on the extent of his administration’s work with big tech companies to censor Americans’ free speech related to COVID-19 Coronavirus.

“What the Biden White House is doing—namely, ordering big tech companies to ban Americans that do not regurgitate government-approved messaging—is what authoritarian regimes do,” said Senator Blackburn. “The American people deserve to know the extent of the White House’s coordination with big tech. President Biden should waive executive privilege and release the emails.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Joe Biden’s Coordination with Big Tech Companies to Censor Americans Is Deeply Disturbing

The blatant actions by your administration to work with big tech companies to censor Americans’ free speech are shocking – and arguably a violation of the First Amendment. 

Communist Countries Like Cuba Censor Free Speech

Communist countries such as Cuba are currently taking away their citizens’ right to use the internet to communicate; the U.S. government should be standing up to, not looking to mirror, authoritarian regimes such as these.

The American People Deserve to Know the Extent of the Biden Administration’s Work with Big Tech

  1. What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to flag and remove posts?
  2. What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to ban users?
  3. In your July 15th press briefing, you stated that 12 people are responsible for “65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.”  Who are those accounts and have they, or others, been removed at your direction?
  4. What is the legal basis for your Administration’s decision to direct social media platforms to flag and remove posts from their sites?
  5. Does the White House have staff dedicated to searching social media for content to flag for removal?

 


 

 You can read the full letter Senator Blackburn sent here or below.

Dear President Biden:

 I write regarding White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s recent remarks about the White House’s oversight of social media posts it considers problematic or “disinformation.”  Ms. Psaki noted that the White House is “in regular touch with the social media platforms” and is “flagging problematic posts” that they believe should be removed relating to COVID-19 and the COVID vaccine.  Ms. Psaki also suggested that Americans who are banned from one social media platform should be banned on others.

 These revelations are deeply concerning.  The blatant actions by your administration to work with big tech companies to censor Americans’ free speech are shocking – and arguably a violation of the First Amendment.  Communist countries such as Cuba are currently taking away their citizens’ right to use the internet to communicate; the U.S. government should be standing up to, not looking to mirror, authoritarian regimes such as these.

 Please provide more information about your Administration’s efforts to “flag problematic posts” on social media platforms, including:

 What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to flag and remove posts?

  1. What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to ban users?
  2. In your July 15th press briefing, you stated that 12 people are responsible for “65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.”  Who are those accounts and have they, or others, been removed at your direction?
  3. What is the legal basis for your Administration’s decision to direct social media platforms to flag and remove posts from their sites?
  4. Does the White House have staff dedicated to searching social media for content to flag for removal?

 Additionally, I request a briefing on this issue by August 2nd, 2021.  I appreciate your attention to this urgent matter.


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