Blackburn Calls on Biden White House to Explain Coordination with Big Tech to Censor Americans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on President Biden to release information on the extent of his administration’s work with big tech companies to censor Americans’ free speech related to COVID-19.

“What the Biden White House is doing—namely, ordering big tech companies to ban Americans that do not regurgitate government approved messaging—is what authoritarian regimes do,” said Senator Blackburn. “The American people deserve to know the extent of the White House’s coordination with big tech. President Biden should waive executive privilege and release the emails.”

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Communist countries such as Cuba are currently taking away their citizens’ right to use the internet to communicate; the U.S. government should be standing up to, not looking to mirror, authoritarian regimes such as these.

The American People Deserve to Know the Extent of the Biden Administration’s Work with Big Tech

  1. What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to flag and remove posts?
  2. What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to ban users?
  3. In your July 15th press briefing, you stated that 12 people are responsible for “65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.”  Who are those accounts and have they, or others, been removed at your direction?
  4. What is the legal basis for your Administration’s decision to direct social media platforms to flag and remove posts from their sites?
  5. Does the White House have staff dedicated to searching social media for content to flag for removal?

You can read the full letter Senator Blackburn sent here or below.

Dear President Biden:

I write regarding White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s recent remarks about the White House’s oversight of social media posts it considers problematic or “disinformation.”  Ms. Psaki noted that the White House is “in regular touch with the social media platforms” and is “flagging problematic posts” that they believe should be removed relating to COVID-19 and the COVID vaccine.  Ms. Psaki also suggested that Americans who are banned from one social media platform should be banned on others.

These revelations are deeply concerning.  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.  Communist countries such as Cuba are currently taking away their citizens’ right to use the internet to communicate; the U.S. government should be standing up to, not looking to mirror, authoritarian regimes such as these.

Please provide more information about your Administration’s efforts to “flag problematic posts” on social media platforms, including:

  1. What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to flag and remove posts?
  2. What criteria are you directing social media platforms to use to ban users?
  3. In your July 15th press briefing, you stated that 12 people are responsible for “65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.”  Who are those accounts and have they, or others, been removed at your direction?
  4. What is the legal basis for your Administration’s decision to direct social media platforms to flag and remove posts from their sites?
  5. Does the White House have staff dedicated to searching social media for content to flag for removal?

Additionally, I request a briefing on this issue by August 2, 2021.  I appreciate your attention to this urgent matter.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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