A new report settles it: Big Tech is essentially an arm of the Biden administration, and thus, the U.S. government.
Breitbart reports that, this week, the White House openly admitted that it has been identifying to Facebook posts containing “misinformation” about coronavirus vaccines.
“In regular touch”
The admission was made on Thursday by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team,” Psaki said. “This is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic.”
Psaki continued: “We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s Office. We are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
Psaki’s remarks followed those of Surgeon General Vivek Murth, who has been calling upon social media sites to take action against so-called misinformation about the coronavirus and about the coronavirus vaccines.
That looks “an awful lot like a First Amendment violation”
This is how Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) responded to Psaki’s admission. He noted that the Constitution explicitly stops the government from censoring speech.
“[L]ook, the government can’t censor speech,” Lee said during an appearance on the Fox News Channel. “The First Amendment makes that very clear.
“A private, for-profit corporation can make its own decisions, but when it’s doing that in collusion with government, it starts to look to me an awful lot like a First Amendment violation,” Lee added.
Big Tech has been trending in the direction of censoring speech that it disagrees with, which has been almost entirely Republican speech. We have seen this with the coronavirus, we have seen this with the 2020 election, we have seen this with the January 6th Capitol riot, and so on.
Republicans have been arguing that something needs to be done about this. But, the counterargument that has been repeatedly made is that these are private companies, and thus they can do as they please.
When Big Tech starts carrying out the bidding of the federal government, however, that argument loses force. Whether Psaki realizes it or not, she just provided a strong argument for putting constraints on Big Tech, something that many would argue is long overdue.