Republicans and Conservatives have been calling out Big Tech for years. They claim social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are dominated by left-wing agendas, and silence right-wing viewpoints.
And during the pandemic, the argument intensified. It reached the point where many citizens claimed their rights were being violated on a daily basis.
Now, one Senator is accusing the Biden administration of encouraging this violation.
Recently, President Joe Biden called on social media platforms to flag and even remove posts that might contain vaccine “misinformation.” This kicked off a firestorm of backlash across the country.
Many concerned citizens view this as Big Brother overstepping its authority, and jumping into bed with Big Tech to monitor our free speech.
On the flip side, Democrat leaders claim it’s merely a step to curb the “harmful” spread of pandemic misinformation.
However, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) isn’t buying that. She just wrote a letter to the President, ripping the administration’s collaboration with Facebook, and citing the Constitution.
Here’s part of the letter, as obtained by Fox News:
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.
The letter comes on the heels of White House press secretary Jen Psaki saying the administration “regularly” ensures that social media platforms are “aware of the latest narratives.”
She further cited a “danger to public health” as the reason for this collaboration.
But Sen. Blackburn demands more information, and she wants to know what criteria the White House is using to direct social platforms. She also raised a few other important questions:
What is the legal basis for your Administration’s decision to direct social media platforms to flag and remove posts from their sites?
Does the White House have staff dedicated to searching social media for content to flag for removal?
Blackburn wants answers to these questions by August 2.
The situation erupted late last week, when a reporter asked Biden about possible COVID misinformation on Facebook, and the President replied, “They’re killing people.”
The social media giant didn’t take too kindly to this response, though, claiming that in fact, “the facts show that Facebook is helping save lives.”
Either way, Blackburn and millions of Americans want to know more about the administration working with social media corporations. If they’re monitoring posts, that does seem like a free speech violation.
And in a time when the Constitution is constantly under the microscope, maybe Biden and Big Tech should be more transparent.
Because right now, the entire issue remains very murky, and the average American citizen doesn’t know enough about what’s going on behind the scenes.
- Sen. Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to President Biden, demanding answers regarding the administration’s “collaboration” with social media platforms like Facebook.
- Biden and Big Tech claim they’re flagging and removing posts to guard against “misinformation.”
- Blackburn and many citizens say this is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
Source: Fox News