White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki got the attention of social media on July 16 when she casually made sweeping statements about the Biden administration’s “assistance” provided to Facebook about flagging “misleading” information.
Psaki stated, “So we’re regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives, dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media. And we work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies.”
She also casually mused that if a user is banned from one platform for unapproved posts, they should be banned from all others as well. There was no mention of the First Amendment.
The Democrats have been quick to “engage” with social media in the past to deal with unpleasant “misinformation.” At the end of the presidential election season 2020, they rushed to say that Hunter Biden’s alleged and newly discovered laptop full of incrimination evidence was just so much more “misinformation,” this time coming from the Russians.
The effort wasn’t wasted. Social media quickly spiked any posting or sharing of the New York Post laptop story.
Actual misinformation has been prevalent among the Democrats and the Biden administration. From calling voter ID laws “Jim Crow 2.0” to the CDC publishing terrible information about mask efficiency, there has been plenty of actual misinformation being shared around social media.
Psaki’s comments caused an immediate stir on Twitter.
As to the demand that offensive users be banned from all platforms, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) wrote, “Wait, I thought they were to be banned for violating terms of service. Aren’t terms of service different for different platforms? Her statement makes it abundantly clear they want people banned for simply disagreeing with the government’s pre-approved narrative.”
Writer and podcaster Stephen L. Miller pointed out that “misinformation” is the sort of vague term that can come to mean almost anything when used by the government against citizens. He wrote: “Removing information on vaccines will translate right over to anything they think is misinformation on gun violence, or climate, or healthcare or what defines a man or a woman. Which is why they are doing this.”
Psaki’s recent statements are so bold that they seem to be tailor-made as exhibits to President Trump’s recently filed class-action lawsuit seeking injunctions against Big Tech companies. Trump’s case seeks an injunction against Big Tech companies who collude with the government to restrict free speech as well as a judicial declaration that the immunity-granting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional.