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July 28, 2023

Yes, Facebook Censors Colluded With Biden’s White House

Jim Jordan has the goods, and he says more is coming in his investigation into Biden’s censorship pressure campaign.

Facebook’s censorship has thoroughly damaged the reach of The Patriot Post, blocking our ability to reach even our own voluntary audience. We consider it not only trampling of free speech but a violation of our civil rights to be categorically denied the right to speak because of our political views.

Thus, we weren’t surprised in the least by Representative Jim Jordan’s big release of “smoking-gun docs” from Facebook. It’s a pile of evidence that Facebook is targeting conservatives for speech suppression and censorship — and doing so under pressure from Joe Biden’s White House.

“Never-before-released internal documents subpoenaed by the Judiciary Committee PROVE that Facebook and Instagram censored posts and changed their content moderation policies because of unconstitutional pressure from the Biden White House,” Jordan said Thursday on X, the Platform Formerly Known As Twitter. “During the first half of 2021, social media companies like Facebook faced tremendous pressure from the Biden White House — both publicly and privately — to crack down on alleged ‘misinformation.’”

What was this “misinformation”? Challenges to The Narrative™ on COVID, including saying numerous things that proved to be true. As we’ve joked before, the difference between a conspiracy theory and reality is about three months.

In July 2021, Biden publicly derided Big Tech companies as being responsible for “killing people” by not censoring posts that didn’t toe the line on the coronavirus vaccine. He later explained, “My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally that somehow I’m saying, ‘Facebook is killing people,’ that they would do something about the misinformation.”

Lo and behold, such posts were precisely the ones targeted by Facebook, and it began before Biden’s disgraceful threat. “In April 2021,” Jordan said, “a Facebook employee circulated an email for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, writing: ‘We are facing continued pressure from external stakeholders, including the [Biden] White House’ to remove posts.”

Posts targeted for removal or suppression even included humor memes, which we can verify from our own experience. The image of administration officials huffing “That’s not funny; remove it” would be hysterically ridiculous if it weren’t so serious. Leftists are a tragically humorless lot.

Another email Jordan released made clear that Facebook wasn’t nearly as worried about censorship as it was with “relations with” the White House. On August 2, 2021, just a few days after Biden’s public denunciation, an internal Facebook email admitted: “[Facebook’s] Leadership asked Misinfo Policy … to brainstorm some additional policy levers we can pull to be more aggressive against … misinformation. This is stemming from the continued criticism of our approach from the [Biden] administration.”

This is all reminiscent of the Twitter Files, which showed the same kind of pressure and collusion happening there. We’ve thoroughly documented Facebook’s suppression, outright censorship, and collusion. In fact, one thing we’ll note about Biden’s July 2021 threat is his remarkable level of ingratitude. Joe Biden wouldn’t be president if it hadn’t been for social media companies suppressing true information about his corruption with Hunter leading up to the 2020 election. That he had the nerve to call out Facebook for not doing enough censoring is astounding.

Fortunately, just in time for Independence Day, defenders of Liberty won a huge victory against Team Biden when U.S. District Court Judge Terry Doughty rebuked the administration and forbid further collusion with Big Tech giants. “It is quite telling that each example or category of suppressed speech was conservative in nature,” Doughty wrote. “This targeted suppression of conservative ideas is a perfect example of viewpoint discrimination of political speech.” Yep — civil rights violations.

Would Facebook have censored conservatives without pressure from the White House? We don’t doubt it for a moment, though collusion with the federal government certainly undermines the argument that because Facebook is a private company it can censor however it likes.

For our part, we think it’s plain as day that Facebook’s thought police are true leftists who’d rather silence debate than participate in it. Censorship is all the rage (emphasis on rage) on the Left these days, and an alarming number of Americans are warming up to it.

Our social media manager Andrew Culper recently explained how Facebook’s unbelievably ridiculous regime of “strikes” and “fact-checks” has decimated our reach — even to the 750,000 people who deliberately chose to follow our content. Facebook simply won’t show it to them.

And that all began in June 2020, when Facebook and the rest of the gatekeepers decided their primary mission was defeating Donald Trump and electing Basement Joe Biden.

Fortunately, Jordan intends to keep his own pressure going. “While these documents are jarring, they are just the beginning of the story,” the congressman said. “We expect Facebook to continue to produce documents, and if not, contempt remains on the table.”

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