Since the start of the pandemic, social media aggressively censored anything that went against the official narrative.
Any speech that was at odds with what the so-called “experts” claimed was shut down.
Now the Twitter Files have proven the White House actively censored speech related to COVID.
The Twitter Files have revealed that White House officials from both the Trump and Biden administrations had a cozy relationship with Twitter.
Independent writer David Zweig recently reported on how Twitter worked with officials from the White House to censor speech.
During the early months of the pandemic White House Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios met with Twitter officials as part of an effort to “combat misinformation.”
A memo showed that other Big Tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft participated in weekly calls with White House officials to talk about “general trends” regarding their platforms.
Biden admin demanded censorship
Once the Biden administration took over, the demand for censorship got much more aggressive.
One of the first meeting requests from the Biden White House centered around COVID “misinformation.”
The Biden administration demanded Twitter censor even more than they had been and called for high profile vaccine skeptics to have their accounts banned.
According to a memo written by Twitter’s head of U.S. public policy Lauren Culbertson, the Biden administration was “not satisfied with Twitter’s enforcement approach as they wanted Twitter to do more and to de-platform several accounts.”
According to Culbertson, the Biden officials demanded Twitter officials join them on other calls that were “very angry in nature.”
As bad as Twitter was about censoring people, if the Biden administration had their way, it would be even worse.
Zweig reported, “Twitter executives did not fully capitulate to the Biden team’s wishes. An extensive review of internal communications at the company revealed employees often debating moderation cases in great detail, and with more care than was shown by the government toward free speech. But Twitter did suppress views—many from doctors and scientific experts—that conflicted with the official positions of the White House. As a result, legitimate findings and questions that would have expanded the public debate went missing.”
The Biden administration putting pressure on Twitter to censor views they disagreed with is a gross violation of the First Amendment.
State control of the flow of information regarding the pandemic sets a dangerous precedence.
For a free society to function, people need to have access to information from sources that disagree with the government.
The suppression of so-called “misinformation” not only violates free speech, it suppresses information that is potentially correct.
For example, at the start of the pandemic, anyone that suggested who COVID originated in a lab was immediately censored.
Now, even the so-called “mainstream” media has been forced to admit that is more than a plausible theory.
The harm caused by silencing opposing views is far greater than any that can be caused by so-called “misinformation.”
Our Constitution is clear that the government shall not abridge free speech, but with the release of the Twitter Files, we now know they have been doing so on a massive scale for years.
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