Critics sounds alarm amid Facebook Files controversy
Created byon Fri Jul 28 2023
A federal court ruling and emails obtained by the House Judiciary Committee have revealed a potential violation of the First Amendment by the Biden administration. Documents show that the White House coerced and colluded with Big Tech social media companies to restrict American’s free speech.
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey argued the documents show the Biden administration pushed Big Tech past its own censorship policies during an appearance on ‘Fox & Friends First.'
"We knew that Joe Biden had coerced and colluded with Big Tech social media to silence American voices in violation of the First Amendment right to free speech," Bailey told Todd Piro on Friday. "And what this shows is that not only did he coerce and collude with Big Tech social media, but he actually pushed them further than their own internal censorship policies... this clearly establishes that they understood that Big Tech social media understood that the federal government was making demands and was pushing them beyond the bounds of their own internal policies and memorandum."
This was in response to the Missouri v. Biden ruling, earlier this month, which blocked key Biden agencies and departments from communicating with social media companies to avoid any potential First Amendment violations.
"It largely corroborates the evidence that we had discovered in our lawsuit," Bailey continued.
The “smoking gun” was revealed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who wrote on X, “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.”
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford Medical also joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ and warned that Big Tech was censoring information, regardless of whether it was true or false.
"You could even get censored for saying true things," Bhattacharya said. "For instance, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused by the CDC. When the White House posted that on its Facebook page, it got censored. It got censored by its own censorship regime that it created. It's ironic and tragic that the White House violated the rights of American people for nothing."
Bhattacharya added that the Biden administration’s decision to censor free speech “harmed public health” as well.
"It wasn't medically necessary. He could tell people the truth, and they would make their own choices about whether to take the vaccine," Bhattacharya said. "I was an advocate for the vaccine for older people especially… but I never forced anyone to take it. They really violated Americans' rights and as a result, harmed public health."
The Biden administration is facing intense scrutiny after internal documents acquired by the House Judiciary Committee exposed collusion between the White House and Facebook to allegedly censor Americans. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey highlighted this fact when he appeared on Fox & Friends First. The documents reportedly indicated that the Biden administration pushed Big Tech past its internal censorship policies. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford Medical also noted the implications of this when he stated that Big Tech censored posts even if they were true, including one post from the White House about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that was paused by the CDC. He added that the Biden administration infringed on Americans' free speech rights, as well as “harmed public health” in the process.