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In a stunning clapback, Facebook on Friday directly slammed the president of the United States for telling what they said were blatant lies about them.
Earlier that day, President Joe Biden accused the social media network of “killing people.” He made the defamatory remark after being asked by a reporter to specify what “message” he has for “platforms like Facebook.”
“They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people,” he said. (Fact-check1: False)
His administration has blamed a recent uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations on the so-called coronavirus “misinformation” that they allege is being freely trafficked on social media networks like Facebook.
Facebook did not take kindly to the accusation.
“We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts. The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet,” the social media network said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
“More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period,” the boldly confrontational letter continued.
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) July 16, 2021
It’s exceedingly rare for any corporation — particularly a big tech Silicon Valley giant — to stand up to a Democrat, let alone a Democrat president.
For the most part, American corporations tend to be extraordinarily sycophantic to the Democrat Party and its demands and interests.
In fact, earlier in the week White House press secretary Jen Psaki openly admitted that the administration has been working in tandem with social media networks like Facebook to censor COVID information that it disputes.
“We are in regular touch with these social media platforms, and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff but also members of our COVID-19 team, given as … this is a big issue of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic,” she said during Thursday’s White House briefing.
“In terms of actions that we have taken or we’re working to take, I should say, from the federal government, we’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the surgeon general’s office. We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” she added.
This bombshell admission sparked an outcry of concern about the perils of government overreach.
“This is the union of corporate and state power — one of the classic hallmarks of fascism,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald warned.
“There is no circumstance — none — in which it’s acceptable for the White House or any other agency of the government to be providing lists to Facebook of “problematic” content it wants removed, yet’s that exactly what Psaki says they’re doing.” he added.
Matt Taibbi, another well-respected, high-profile journalist, put it more bluntly: “This is so completely f–ked. Unbelievable,” he tweeted in shock.
Look (*Language warning):
The Biden administration is telling Facebook which posts it regards as “problematic” so that Facebook can remove them.
This is the union of corporate and state power — one of the classic hallmarks of fascism — that the people who spent 5 years babbling about fascism support. https://t.co/U2Ee3DgXJe
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 15, 2021
This is so completely fucked. Unbelievable https://t.co/dBnoK9XZEG
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) July 15, 2021
Despite the backlash, Psaki doubled down Friday.
“It should not come as any surprise that we are in regular touch with social media platforms, just like we’re in regular touch with all of you and your media outlets about areas where we have concern, information that might be useful — information that may or may not be interesting to your viewers,” she flippantly said.
“You all make decisions just like the social media platforms make decisions. Even though they are a private sector company but just as an example. So we are regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives dangerous to public health, that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media,” she added.
She wasn’t wrong in the sense that the media do tend to follow in lockstep with whatever narrative the Biden administration chooses to pursue, even if false.
Fact-check1: The uptick in cases and hospitalizations has also involved the vaccinated.
“A total of 151 people have died and more than 500 have been hospitalized in Illinois due to COVID-19 in ‘breakthrough’ cases after they were fully vaccinated, according to state health officials,” Chicago station WMAQ reported just this Friday.
Biden’s own inability to get the facts right raises the question of why his administration should be entrusted with the task of deciding what’s true and what’s false, especially given that this aversion to the actual facts has been demonstrated multiple times.
After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott fully reopened his state in March, for instance, Biden accused him of “Neanderthal thinking” on the grounds that reopening “early” would cause cases and hospitalizations to drastically spike again.
But that never happened.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 28, 2021
Even now, as cases are surging throughout the nation, Texas’s case numbers are perfectly in line with the numbers out of far more restrictive Democrat states like California.
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