Sen. Casey: ‘I Hope’ Biden Can Work With Facebook to Suppress COVID Misinformation

By Ashlianna Kreiner | July 23, 2021 | 3:11pm EDT
Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – When asked about the Biden administration working with Facebook to suppress postings it considers “vaccine misinformation,” Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) said, “I hope they could in some fashion,” and added, “there is so much misinformation, I would hope that the administration and Congress can provide a remedy.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, “Should the Biden administration work with Facebook to suppress postings it considers to be vaccine misinformation?”

Sen. Casey said, “I hope they could in some fashion. I mean that, when you have platforms where there is so much misinformation, I would hope that the administration and Congress can provide a remedy.”

“I don’t necessarily have the ingredients of that,” he said, “but it’s going to be important because—you know the pandemic is not behind us yet, we need as much accurate information as possible.”

CNS News asked the follow-up question, “And is there any other topic that the administration should work with Facebook, should suppress, on posting?”

Sen. Casey replied, “Well, I think under the broader, obviously the broader category of misinformation, yeah, I hope they would.”

Last week, the Biden administration admitted that it is working with Facebook to suppress certain posts on the social media platform that contain alleged “vaccine misinformation.”

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When asked about the posts on July 16, Biden said, “They’re killing people. … The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people."

Also on July 16, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is “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 [U.S. Surgeon General] Dr. Murthy conveyed, this is a big issue of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic.”

“We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s office,” said Psaki.  “We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”

“You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others, uh – if you – for providing misinformation out there,” she said.

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(Getty Images)

Psaki then explained four suggestions the White House has given to Facebook and commented, “We engage with them regularly and they certainly know what our asks are.”

However, Psaki told CNS News during her press conference on July 19 that the White House has “not asked Facebook to block any individual posts,” but the Biden administration “certainly raised where we have concerns about information that’s inaccurate that is traveling out there in whatever platform it’s traveling on.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) commented to Psaki on Twitter, “Her statement makes it abundantly clear they want people banned for simply disagreeing with the government’s pre-approved narrative.”

Transcript

CNSNews.com: “Should the Biden administration work with Facebook to suppress postings it considers to be vaccine misinformation?”

Casey: “I’m sorry -- work with Facebook to what?”

CNSNews.com: “To suppress postings it considers to be vaccine misinformation?”

Casey: “Yeah, I hope they could in some fashion. I mean that, when you have platforms where there is so much misinformation, I would hope that the administration and Congress can provide a remedy. I don’t necessarily have the, the ingredients of that, but it’s going to be important because—you know the pandemic is not behind us yet, we need as much accurate information as possible.”

CNSNews.com: “And is there any other topic that the administration should work with Facebook should suppress, on posting wise?”

Casey: “Well, I think under the broader, obviously the broader category of misinformation, yeah, I hope they would.”

CNSNews.com: “All right.”

Casey: “Thank you.”

CNSNews.com: “Thank you so much.”

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