Biden Admits Facebook Not ‘Killing People,’ Still Pushes Censorship
While he backed off his false claim, he doubled down on calling for more censorship on social media.
On Monday, following blowback specifically from Facebook, Joe Biden somewhat walked back his outrageous comment from last week that Facebook is “killing people.” Asked by a reporter to explain himself, he said, “Facebook isn’t killing people.” Well, that’s a relief.
However, clearly keen on keeping his ridiculous fearmongering claim going, Biden explained that “60% of that misinformation came from 12 individuals” and “anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it.” Indeed, he says, “It is killing people. It’s bad information.”
Just to be clear, Biden still says the disseminating of “misinformation” “is killing people.” This is Biden’s version of the Left’s flawed assertion that speech is violence. This dubious logic is the very reason our Founding Fathers codified the protection of free speech in the Constitution with the First Amendment — to prevent authoritarians like Biden from attempting to silence the speech of those with whom they disagree.
As we have previously noted regarding Congress’s apparent bipartisan criticism of Big Tech, the bipartisanship ends there. While Republicans decry suppression of speech by monopolistic corporations, Democrats and the Biden administration contend that Big Tech is not doing enough censoring. Biden made this point when he was attempting to clarify his “killing people” comment, once again chiding Facebook for being insufficiently vigilant in preventing “the outrageous misinformation” from being disseminated on its site. “That’s what I meant,” he stated.
Once again, neither Biden nor his administration are backing down from their demands that Big Tech engage in censorship of “misinformation” on their platforms. This was Biden warning Facebook that it needs to go harder on censoring content that his administration wants silenced.
Twitter certainly got the message loud and clear. The social media giant temporarily suspended the account of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) over the claim that she had disseminated “misleading information” about COVID.
The great hypocrisy is that Biden essentially admitted to peddling misinformation with his “killing people” claims, though he excused it on the grounds that he’s “trying to make people look at themselves, look in the mirror, think about that misinformation going to your son, your daughter, your relative, someone you love.” The sheer arrogance and lack of self-awareness of that statement is mind-boggling.
Does Biden really believe that people sharing information — or even questions — about the coronavirus and vaccines that doesn’t comport with the administration’s unilaterally declared “truth” narrative is due to them desiring to willfully deceive people they love? Is Biden really claiming to love people’s family members more than they love and care for them? Maybe, just maybe, it’s because people don’t trust the information being fed to them by the Biden administration.
The fact of the matter is that no one — absolutely no one — has all the information. Furthermore, the Biden administration and many government “experts” have repeatedly disseminated misleading information and flat-out misinformation on everything from the coronavirus to voter integrity legislation. It’s precisely because people care about those they love that they may be sharing information regarding COVID despite the fact that the Biden administration has declared it “misinformation.”
In a free society, people are free to express their ideas, opinions, and information. Within its constitutional bounds, our government should be concerned with protecting its citizens’ freedoms, not acting to reduce them. Clearly, Biden has little concern with protecting Americans’ most fundamental freedom.
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