In a recent letter, Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal has called for Facebook and Twitter to censor any conversations taking place on their services that express skepticism about vaccines.
He specifically mentioned censoring and shutting down such conversations among pregnant women, who frequently discuss this topic online.
Blumenthal’s Terror Over Losing Control of the Narrative
Despite overwhelming censorship pressure already applied by Big Tech, heavy skepticism about the safety and efficacy of vaccines—and especially about the new COVID-19 vaccines—persists among the public.
Even though companies like Facebook and Twitter have been extremely heavy-handed in censoring any kind of political speech that dissents from the narratives approved by the left-wing establishment currently in power—no matter how mild that disagreement is—the likes of Blumenthal are still not satisfied.
“Time and again,” he said in his letter, “Facebook and its peers have moved far too slow in responding to the targeted harassment and promotion of destructive conspiracy theories against women and people of color.”
Blumenthal did not specify which “conspiracy theories” he had in mind, nor precisely what made them “destructive.” In practice, it appears that Blumenthal deems anything destructive if it dissents from the narrative in which he and those with him in the Democratic establishment want to push.
Presumably, Blumenthal considers conspiracy theories like Russiagate—which he was deeply involved in and did much to amplify, despite the complete and utter lack of evidence in its favor—to be “constructive.”
Blumenthal’s letter follows the publication of an article in The Daily Beast accusing vaccine skeptics of harassing medical workers and pregnant women. The article accuses vaccine skeptic groups of spreading “misinformation and misleading anecdotes,” which “create fear, uncertainty, and doubt” about the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, especially in the minds of pregnant women.
Blumenthal demanded that Facebook and Twitter respond to his letter by the end of the month and explain in detail how they plan to remove posts made by vaccine skeptics.
The pious blathering from Blumenthal and other elites about “misinformation” is entirely self-serving, however. Politicians are never loath to spread misinformation when it suits them, and historically, the biggest liars have always been governments.
By preventing free discussion of certain subjects, Blumenthal will guarantee that lies pushed by powerful people will be given an artificial advantage in the battle for people’s minds. Since all political regimes, to one degree or another, rely on myths to survive, it should not be surprising that Blumenthal fears the threat that free discussion presents to his power.