As we previously reported, Jen Psaki admitted that the Biden administration was flagging people to Facebook for misinformation. She also said that people who are banned on one platform should be banned on all other social media platforms and she spoke of 12 people who were the biggest purveyors of “misinformation” when it came to the Wuhan coronavirus.
Peter Doocy then hit her with an important question about what the government was doing looking at people’s Facebook profiles or with such a list of 12 people? It’s an incredibly important question. Who made the government the determiner of what constitutes “misinformation?” And what gives them the right to censor information with which they disagree by trying to pressure Facebook to shut people down? Not to mention putting a target on the back of the 12 people in question.
When the government gets involved it raises constitutional questions (and potentially makes Facebook a “state actor,” if it is operating at the behest of the state).
Now, media should be concerned about government trying to censor.
But instead, as we saw last night, CNN’s Jake Tapper actually tried to spin this as a problem with Peter Doocy, that he was somehow wrong about the Biden administration “spying” on Facebook profiles.
The talking points must have gone out because the Washington Post also picked up the same theme, trying to somehow make it about Doocy as well — rather than about the actual issue he raised: why is the government doing trying to pressure Facebook to shut down people?
Fox News’s embarrassing ‘spying’ blunder in the White House briefing roomhttps://t.co/oORUMR6GcI
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 16, 2021
They want to quibble over his usage of the term “spying” on Facebook profiles but completely deflect from the bigger point of using such a list – wherever it came from — to flag people.
They can’t argue with what she said.
Psaki: There’s about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms. All of them remain active on Facebook despite some being banned on other platforms including ones
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