Sen. Blackburn: 'Authoritarian' Biden Working with Big Tech to Censor Americans
Senator slams Joe Biden's regime for attacking free speech
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) blasted "authoritarian" Democrat Joe Biden on Monday, demanding to know why his regime is coordinating with Big Tech companies to censor Americans’ free speech.
Blackburn wrote a letter to Biden over his latest scheme to flag content on Facebook that the Democrat-controlled White House considers to be “disinformation.”
She accused Biden of violating the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens with the move.
"These revelations are deeply concerning," the Tennessee Republican wrote in a letter Friday obtained by Fox News.
"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 Tennessee conservative said the Biden administration’s actions “mirror” the worst aspects of authoritarian communist countries such as Cuba and China.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed last week that the Biden administration is "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."
"As you all know, information travels quite quickly," Psaki added.
"If it's up there for days and days and days.
"When people see it, you know, there's, it's hard to put that back in a box, and of course, promoting quality information algorithms, I don't know how they work, but they all do know how they work."
In her letter, Blackburn asked the Biden administration for more information regarding several questions she has about how exactly the White House is working with Facebook.
"What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to flag and remove posts?" she asked, followed by the question, "What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to ban users?"
Blackburn also asked, "What is the legal basis for your Administration’s decision to direct social media platforms to flag and remove posts from their sites?" and "Does the White House have staff dedicated to searching social media for content to flag for removal?"
Blackburn requested to be briefed on the matter by Aug. 2.
"On COVID misinformation, what’s your message to platforms like Facebook," a reporter asked the president as he was leaving the White House on Friday
"They’re killing people," Biden responded.
"The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people."
Facebook responded by needling Biden for missing his 70% vaccination goal by July 4 and saying the company has saved lives by directing millions of Americans to information about how to get vaccinated.
"We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts," a company spokesperson said.
"The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet.
"More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine.
"The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period."
Psaki's and Biden’s comments ignited a firestorm on social media where many users expressed dismay over the close relationship between the White House and Facebook to stifle information it deemed to be "misinformation."
"The Biden Administration just announced they are working with Facebook to censor more Americans," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted.
"Big Tech and Big Government want the same thing → to control you.
"As a reminder, America is a land of FREEDOM."