Sen. Rick Scott: ‘It’s Disgusting’ That Biden is Working With Facebook to Suppress Free Speech

Ashlianna Kreiner | July 22, 2021 | 1:15pm EDT
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)

(CNS News) – Commenting on the Biden administration working with Facebook to suppress postings it considers “vaccine misinformation,” Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said, “No! I mean, it’s disgusting.”

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. Scott said, “Should the Bid – [laughs] -- no! I mean, it’s disgusting. I mean first off -- so first off, the social media is now a big part of the government, so, if they’re doing that and so they’re—they should be, they should already be regulated.”

“If they are going to be publishers and decide the things, they should regulated like all of the publishers,” he added.  “But yeah, the Biden administration shouldn’t be doing that.”

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

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.”

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(Getty Images)

“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.”

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