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Social media misinformation ‘killing people,’ Biden says, as White House doubles down on private censorship

RT | July 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden claimed social media platforms are “killing people” with misinformation about Covid-19, as his press secretary Jen Psaki made a case for deplatforming ‘offenders’ across the ostensibly private networks.

“They’re killing people,” Biden told reporters who asked him to send a message to platforms like Facebook. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people,” he shouted, over the noise of a helicopter outside the White House on Friday.

On Thursday, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory against health “misinformation,” calling it “an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health.” He defined it as information that is “false, inaccurate, or misleading according to the best available evidence” and claimed 67% of unvaccinated Americans had heard at least one “myth” about Covid-19 vaccines.

At the same press conference, Psaki admitted the government was “flagging problematic posts for Facebook,” causing a stir among some civil libertarians.

Insisting that it was these ostensibly private companies doing the censorship and not the federal government – thereby trying to dodge the thorny issue of the First Amendment – Psaki then doubled down on Friday, saying that platforms should coordinate their rules and terms of service so that a person “shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others… for providing misinformation out there.”

Her announcement raised more than a few eyebrows across the political spectrum. Journalist Glenn Greenwald, responsible for publishing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, called the entire line of White House thinking “pernicious.”

Psaki was “issuing decrees on who should and shouldn’t be allowed to use social media, then smugly scoffing at the notion that this should concern anyone on the ground that we’re going to die if we don’t submit to the White House’s orders,” Greenwald added, summarizing her exchange with Fox News’ Peter Doocy.

In a video making rounds on social media, Psaki tells Doocy that everyone, including journalists, ought to be more concerned about “the number of people who are dying around the country” due to misinformation rather than any Big Brother-like behavior by the government. When he argued the opposite, she replied, “That feels unlikely to me.”

“We don’t take anything down… Facebook makes decisions,” she insisted.

Asked politely by Philip Wegmann of RealClearPolitics to explain how often and how long the White House has been flagging “misinformation,” and if she could define it, Psaki responded with generalizations and claims that all this information is “publicly available” on social networks.

Psaki’s remarks amounted to an admission that the government is coordinating with private corporations to ban people from social media, podcast host Jack Murphy pointed out, calling it “literal fascism before our eyes.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was conspicuously silent about this threat to freedom of expression, Greenwald noted, and was instead tweeting about transgender issues.

Meanwhile, a UK-based nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) claimed the White House relied on their research in identifying the people producing alleged “misinformation,” and promoted their CEO Imran Ahmed’s TV appearance in which he spoke about online “superspreaders.”

CCDH first drew attention in June 2020, when NBC – one of the big three broadcast TV networks in the US – cited their research in a story trying to pressure Google into demonetizing the blog ZeroHedge and the conservative-leaning online magazine Federalist.

July 17, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , ,

17 Comments »

  1. If they are worried about misinformation, they should be targeting the WHO, CDC, and all the other health agencies pushing these gene therapy shots masquerading as vaccines.

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    Comment by papasha408 | July 17, 2021 | Reply

  2. The land of the free and home of the brave. Yup.

    (But I’m far more concerned with misinformation, belligerence, malfeasance et al in our foreign policy with respect to our dalliance with Zionism — including its bleeding over into all walks of domestic discourse and options for “advancing civilization,” social cohesion, etc. I say: Fix our fixation with Zionism; Viva Palestine!; then start to work on other issues of import, including other festering issues in foreign affairs (end the embargo on Cuba!; end the Korean War!…), health, education (STEM), the all-guns-all-the-time culture of violence in Amerika, infrastructure, respect for our ecosphere….)

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    Comment by roberthstiver | July 17, 2021 | Reply

    • It was the Woodrow Wilson administration that first turned American politics to Zionist interests, but, it wasn’t until Roosevelt was in office that not only Zionist interests were pushed but, also Marxist interests. His administration was a hodgepodge of Communists, Zionists, and Central Banking interests using the cloak of Democracy to crush Germany and get her Banks back into the Cabal by using terror and initiated a world war that killed 50 million people destroyed priceless art and architecture, and gave away half of Europe to Bolshevik tyranny. Top secret papers found in Warsaw after the German conquest of the city proved the Roosevelt administration was the major reason Poland refused Germany’s generous offer of an alliance with the caveat of a rail-line to Danzig which was a 90% German-occupied city. Poland was used to launch World War Two with British and American assurances thrown out the window while the Poles pleaded for help. As the great revisionist historian David Hoggan wrote Ridz-Smigly arrogantly dismissed a Soviet or German alliance and acted as a canary about to swallow two cats. After World War Two American foreign policy has been one overthrow after another of nations who are no threat to America. And, in the late nineties and early 21st century when the dual-citizen Neocons ruled the White House and Congress every war conceived and carried out was not in the interest of America but in the interest of the parasitical, criminal, terrorist state of Israel.

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      Comment by papasha408 | July 17, 2021 | Reply

      • Wow: you nailed it…solidly! Thank you!

        Like

        Comment by roberthstiver | July 17, 2021 | Reply

      • IT was Woodrow Wilson who approved the formation of the “Federal Reserve Bank” in 1913, allowing “Private interests” to take over the Money Supply to the USA Government. When he realised what he had done he said “I am a most unhappy man–Unwittingly I have ruined my Country”. By then, it was too late.

        “The Moneymen” now control the USA Completely, and any new money produced, comes with an interest rate cost to the American Government, and the Tax Paying Americans(Not the Tax Avoiding Corporations).
        “They’ve got you by the Balls”(G Carlin).

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2021 | Reply

    • bullshit

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      Comment by camenma08 | July 17, 2021 | Reply

      • What do you mean by, bullshit?

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2021 | Reply

  3. “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” (Marcus Aurelius) […]”|

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    Comment by Val | July 17, 2021 | Reply

  4. “Social media misinformation ‘killing people,’ Biden says, as White House doubles down on private censorship”

    Surely he can’t be serious? Successive “White House Press Secretaries have blatantly lied to the American people(as has the current, Jewish American White House Pres Secretary Jen Pisaki.)

    Can anyone remember Ari Fleischer? He spewed lies every time he opened his mouth on behalf of the half-wit George Dubya Bush.
    NOBODY owns the Truth, and having an open exchange of views on social platforms gives everyone’s views a fair go.
    Of course, those who own the MSM DO NOT want freedom of expression, ruining their Monopoly position in the “Truth Market”…..

    Too Bad…..”The People” need to be heard, NOT the “1%”

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2021 | Reply

    • I remember, and remember detesting, Jew/Zionist Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. And he’s still polluting ZioOccupied WashDC and environs….

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      Comment by roberthstiver | July 17, 2021 | Reply

      • Yeah, Him, and his Zionist ‘mates'(that’s BUDDIES, for Americans) get free reign to express THEIR views. Why do the American people put up with this CRAP?

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2021 | Reply

        • The American people who are intrinsically good put up with this nonsense because they know no better. Most Americans use computers to play games and follow drivel masquerading as art and entertainment. They still watch their Talmud-vision sets and foolishly believe they are at least given a modicum of truth, which they are not. All Media in the U.S. and basically the Western World is Zionist-owned. It backs murder and land theft of the Palestinian people who have been ethnically cleansed from large portions of their communities. Israel, a modern Jewish Supremacist nation with every modern weapon bullies and kills thousands of Palestinians every year while screaming antisemitism and condemning Hamas who are only reacting to Israeli aggression. George Orwell said it best when he said ‘ Imagine a Boot on a human face forever unless we do something to stop it. Unfortunately, the same people who are murdering Palestinians daily with impunity are the same people ruling our nations. The truth does not fear investigation.

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          Comment by papasha408 | July 17, 2021 | Reply

          • “Most Americans use computers to play games and follow drivel masquerading as art and entertainment”.

            The Romans knew this 2,000 years ago, and provided “The People” with “Bread and Circuses” to occupy their uneducated brains…..The Mainstream Media do the same thing in the World today(with Hollywood providing the Crap that people consume…..)

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            Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2021 | Reply

            • Again, I couldn’t agree more. Bread and circuses is a concept that has always worked.

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              Comment by papasha408 | July 17, 2021 | Reply

            • Yes! … and who controls (dominate and control…) Hollywood, sports, etc.?

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              Comment by roberthstiver | July 17, 2021 | Reply

              • Do they wear funny little beanies on the backs of their heads?

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                Comment by papasha408 | July 17, 2021 | Reply

                • The same people who have the Power to Print money(and charge interest on Trillions of dollars every year., year after year…….(The USA National Debt is now US$29,000,000,000,000 (29 Trillion dollars) and the Federal Reserve Bank is not AUDITED yearly………..

                  Come to think of it, The FED is not Audited, The CIA are answerable to NO ONE, The FBI keep dirt files on 330,000,000 million people, The NSA spies on every American,
                  And every 4th of July, Americans wave the flag, and call it “Freedom and Democracy”………..

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                  Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2021 | Reply


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