Joe Biden recently pressured Facebook and other social media companies to prohibit people from expressing concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations in absolute terms. He said that these companies are killing people. But then he deftly tried to walk it back when he assured us, “Facebook isn’t killing people. These 12 people who are out there giving misinformation, and anyone listening to it is getting hurt. It’s killing people.”
Last week, Jen Psaki explained that Americans who post “misinformation” should receive a lifetime ban from all social media companies. She cautioned, “We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s office. We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
She continued, “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others if you are providing ‘misinformation’ out there.”
The Biden Administration is attempting to control American’s speech, trade, and thoughts through online platforms.
Many conservatives have expressed dismay over the excesses of many social media platform’s control of speech. Section 230 says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” It allows Twitter, Facebook, and Google to straddle the fence between being held liable for false information and simply acting as a conduit for all public discourse.
No one seems to think that it is ironic that Republicans once questioned the usefulness of this provision. Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) wants to remove the Section 230 liability protections related to health emergencies. How many times has the government successfully limited the scope of the law to only one event?
Coronavirus vaccine data is not stratified, and therefore age factors are unknown. International information often contradicts domestic reporting because of variants, seasonality, and application guidance in different countries. Gaps in data may lead to misinformation about the efficacy of the vaccines and create questions about the government health care and pharmaceutical company’s promotion techniques.
Robert Kennedy, Jr. has been identified as an anti-vaccine advocate for his posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Google via YouTube. Big Tech has a variety of algorithms and machine learning that may identify posts and track individuals who originate, disseminate, and share what is deemed false information.
If only the American people had enough information to determine for themselves the best course of action. Why are American’s not trusted to evaluate their risk profile levels to decide which medical procedure is best for them?
And more to the point, what is the role of private businesses in government-mandated communication requirements? Shouldn’t laws be passed that determine what is and is not acceptable speech? Are Big Tech overlords being pressured by the government to subvert the first amendment?
Many people fear that Big Tech is participating in censorship as part of an extra-governmental oversight committee reminiscent of 1984 and the Ministry of Truth.