(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- The new Biden administration is already wielding its woke power, with reports suggesting that the White House is requesting social media companies silence anybody who deviates from the government’s “wartime effort” of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
A senior White House official told Reuters in recent days that the Biden administration is requesting that Google, Twitter, and Facebook assist in quelling fears about the COVID-19 vaccine. It comes as concern about the vaccine, which was the most rapidly developed vaccine for a novel virus in history, ramps up online.
“disinformation that causes vaccine hesitancy is going to be a huge obstacle to getting everyone vaccinated and there are no larger players in that than the social media platforms,” the Biden administration source told Reuters.
“We are talking to them so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly,” the anonymous source added.
President Joe Biden received both of his COVID-19 vaccines before taking the White House, though recently lied during a CNN town hall event in Milwaukee by claiming that the vaccine did not exist when he arrived at the White house.
The vaccine, however, was developed by the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies thanks to efforts by the Donald Trump administration and his “Operation Warp Speed” that made billions of dollars available to major pharmaceutical groups and scientists to develop it.
News that the Biden administration plans to encourage online censorship is unlikely to surprise anybody, not just because Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain has previously discussed their plans to work with social media, but also because of recent pushes from social media platforms to remove conservative voices.
The Biden administration source said that the federal government is encouraging social media giants to stop material that criticizes the government’s response to the virus from trending. The sharing of footage, promotion, and discussion of anti-vaccine protests might also be censored on the online platforms under the plans.
Anti-vaccine activists have gained prominence on social media platforms recently. A report from the Center for Countering Digital Health said that anti-vaccine groups have attracted almost 8 million followers since 2019.
A spokesperson from Twitter said that the company is in “regular communication with the White House on a number of critical issues including COVID-19 misinformation.”
But we all know how bad things get when the social media giants get to decide what constitutes “misinformation”…