On a Thursday press conference, White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed that the Biden Administration remains in regular contact with executives from the major social media companies such as Facebook.
The correspondence is mainly centered around the policies regulating the spread of misinformation related to the COVID-19 and vaccines meant to prevent it.
Psaki pointed out that the members of the White House senior staff, as well as people from the COVID-19 team, are those taking part in these talks.
She revealed that part of the initiative is concerned with the flagging of certain Facebook posts as “misinformation.”
The press secretary stressed that the White House is also working with medical experts to create content that might increase people’s trust in science, adding that the Administration also created COVID Community Corps in order to encourage the spread of accurate messages to the audience.
The social media response
Psaki’s remarks provoked a strong response from social media users.
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich wrote a tweet in which she said that the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci had worked with Facebook on censoring the factually supported lab leak theory for over a year.
Dan Gainor, a member of the Media Research Center, pointed out that everyone has the freedom to be against the COVID-19 vaccine and that the White House violates this freedom by forcing people to get vaccinated.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald also commented on Psaki’s announcement.
He explained that everyone who does not find any issues with the post-flagging plan is clearly authoritarian.
The journalist added that such censorship presents a breach of the First Amendment, in which the freedom of speech is guaranteed for each American citizen.
Further action to be taken
In addition to the regulation of the social media posts, the White House and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are reportedly planning to collaborate with SMS providers to ensure the spread of the information they deem accurate.
Moreover, there have been calls from the government to take much quicker action.
Press secretary Psaki urged Facebook and other social media platforms to avoid any hesitation in tackling the controversial posts and to proceed with action immediately.