Sen. Cramer: White House Should ‘Absolutely Not’ Work With Facebook to Suppress Speech

Elisabeth Nieshalla | July 23, 2021 | 12:14pm EDT
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Sen. Kevin Kramer (R-N.D.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Kevin Kramer (R-N.D.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether the Biden Administration should work with Facebook to suppress postings it considers vaccine misinformation, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said, “Absolutely not.”

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

Sen. Cramer laughed and said, “Absolutely not. Facebook’s getting what they deserve after, you know, proving that they’re willing to be the arbiters of truth and censor things. And now they -- it shouldn’t be surprising that the Biden administration somehow thinks that Facebook would be happy to collude with them on censoring what they consider to be misinformation.”

“No, the best thing for Facebook to do is to let people decide for themselves based on the information that they gathered,” he said.

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.”

(Getty Images)
(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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