Biden Admin Rigged Media to Suppress Critical Publications, Censor Conservative Voices
Director of Digital Strategy, repeatedly put pressure on Facebook to explain its content decisions.
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) unveiled highly disturbing Facebook Files on Thursday that showed that the Biden White House coerced social media platform Facebook to censor critical media publications and to ban conservatives from the platform by name.
“Newly subpoenaed internal notes of meetings between Facebook executives and Biden Admin officials reveal more about the lengths the Biden White House wanted to go to control true speech on Facebook,” Jordan wrote. The verbatim transcript of his revelations follow below.
Rob Flaherty, President Biden’s then-Director of Digital Strategy, repeatedly put pressure on Facebook to explain its content decisions.
“We have to explain to President, Ron, people, why there is misinfo on the internet…”
For example, Flaherty questioned whether Facebook was doing enough to reduce traffic from sites like the @nypost.
“I’m curious – NY Post churning out articles every day… What is supposed to happen to that from Policy perspective. Does that article get a reduction, labels?”
But that wasn’t enough for the Biden White House. Flaherty wanted Facebook to go a step further.
He wanted Facebook to kick people off its site.
The Biden White House’s effort to censor opposing viewpoints only grew.
So, they upped the pressure.
Flaherty demanded that Facebook “play ball” and work with the Biden White House on censorship.
He called it his “dream.”
But that’s not all.
The Biden White House wanted to control what you saw on Facebook.
They questioned whether Facebook could change its algorithm so users saw more posts from the New York Times and less from the @realDailyWire and @TomiLahren.
Why did they do that? Because they didn’t think you were smart enough to decide for yourself.
President Biden’s head of strategic communications and public engagement for the #COVID19 response, Courtney Rowe, mocked Real America’s ability to determine what’s true and what isn’t.
Facebook knew it had to act.
One employee tried to explain to the White House that if the company couldn’t “remove” content, it could at least “contain it.”
But Flaherty continued to press for more content moderation and CONTROL on so-called “bad” content.
And of course, Facebook caved.
The company ADMITTED to the White House that it reduced content of certain posts – even if the posts didn’t violate the company’s terms and contained TRUE information.
Just read this from a Facebook employee.
“These newly subpoenaed meeting notes continue to show the Biden White House’s desire to direct and control content on Facebook,’ Jordan concluded. “More evidence of the censorship-industrial complex.”
Conservative commentators, outraged at this unconstitutional collusion between the Biden White House and social media companies exploded on “X” about the news.
Did you notice how your Facebook & Instagram engagement went way down after President Trump left office?
It’s b/c this newly released email proves the Biden regime forced FB/IG to change its algorithms
This gov’t censorship is what we usually only see in communist dictatorships pic.twitter.com/EjjQLhUWOP
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) August 3, 2023
“Did you notice how your Facebook & Instagram engagement went way down after President Trump left office?’ Rogan O’Handley noted. “It’s b/c this newly released email proves the Biden regime forced FB/IG to change its algorithms This gov’t censorship is what we usually only see in communist dictatorships.”
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) August 3, 2023
“So this weasel @RFlaherty46 seems to be the source all these ‘special censorship requests’ to Facebook. @Jim_Jordan when will he be called to testify?!” Tomi Lahren remarked.
What is Facebook if not a publisher when suppressing “not false information” — that is truth — that could lead to a “vaccine negative environment.”
This is “misinformation” in government parlance: Facts that undermine the state’s favored narratives ripe for censorship. https://t.co/Rq710gvVbP
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) August 3, 2023
“What is Facebook if not a publisher when suppressing ‘not false information’ — that is truth — that could lead to a ‘vaccine negative environment’,” Federalist contributor Benjamin Weingarten commented.
“This is ‘misinformation’ in government parlance: Facts that undermine the state’s favored narratives ripe for censorship,” he added.
The Biden administration crossed the Rubicon with the censorship of journalists and citizens over its preferred political “narratives.” This raises the question if these officials are now running an unconstitutional government that is losing its legitimacy to govern.
The U.S. government is only as valid as the constitutional charter that brought it into being. It constitutes the terms of agreement that binds its elected leaders through their oath office. America is entering dangerous new territory. It undoubtedly will get worse before it gets better.
(TLB) published this article from Becker News as compiled and written by Kyle Becker
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