WH Spox on Whether Biden Admin Helped Big Tech Censor Speech: ‘I’m Not Going to Comment’

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stuttered a refusal to answer a question about the Biden administration’s alleged collusion with Big Tech to censor Americans.

Fox Business White House correspondent Edward Lawrence asked Jean-Pierre on Sept. 2: “On social media companies, did the administration give Twitter and Facebook, ah, talking points, um, over flagging what the president describes as misinformation?”

Jean-Pierre asked Lawrence to repeat his question. Lawrence did, adding, “How much coordination is there between the administration, um, and social media companies?”

Jean-Pierre then stammered, “So, I–I–I don’t have anything to–to share with you on that, and I’m not going to comment on–on that right this time.”

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This is striking in light of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s revelations yesterday of a vast “censorship enterprise” between Big Tech platforms and the federal government in colluding to censor Americans’ free speech online.

The revelations included, “Beyond DOJ, Meta [Facebook] identified 32 additional federal officials including White House Officials who communicated with them, and YouTube identified 11 federal officials including White House Officials who communicated with them.” 

Based on this information, the White House worked with at least two tech platforms to censor. So, why did Jean-Pierre have no answer?

Schmitt’s information came from documentation obtained through discovery requests and subpoenas of a lawsuit Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed in May against Biden administration officials for coordinating with social media companies to censor speech. The documentation showed coordination between Facebook and Twitter and multiple government agencies to censor posts about COVID-19 and other topics.

Schmitt and Landry’s lawsuit cited original research from Media Research Center and its unique CensorTrack database to support its underlying allegations. MRC Free Speech America in April published its findings of 646 cases in CensorTrack of pro-Biden censorship between March 10, 2020, and March 10, 2022.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment and provide transparency and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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