Sen. Menendez: Biden Should Work With Facebook to Suppress COVID ‘Misinformation’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | July 26, 2021 | 11:20am EDT
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – In reference to the Biden administration working with Facebook to suppress postings it considers “vaccine misinformation,” Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said, “The administration should be working” with “Facebook or any other social media entity.”  He added that so-called misinformation “can be deadly.”

At the U.S. Capitol on July 20, CNS News asked the senator, “Should the Biden administration work with Facebook to suppress postings it considers to be vaccine misinformation?”

Sen. Menendez replied, “Well, they should, they should—look, misinformation, especially misinformation that can lead to death, is something that the administration should be working with, whether it be Facebook or any other social media entity.”

“Because that misinformation can be deadly, and we have a lot of misinformation where people are relying upon what they read,” he said. “And that reliance is causing people to make judgments that are causing many to get sick and many more will die. So, yes.”

On July 16, the Biden administration admitted that it is working with Facebook to suppress certain posts on the social media platform that contain alleged “vaccine misinformation.” 

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

When asked about the posts, 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.

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?”

Sen. Menendez: “Well, they should, they should—look, misinformation, especially misinformation that can lead to death, is something that the administration should be working with, whether it be Facebook or any other social media entity. Because that misinformation can be deadly, and we have a lot of misinformation where people are relying on what they read. And that reliance is causing people to make judgments that are causing many to get sick and many more will die. So yes.”

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