As the Biden administration called “medical misinformation” a public health threat, the White House said it was working with social media to flag “problematic” posts. In other words the American government has officially launched COVID Information War against the world in collaboration with Big Tech.
“We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday.
In addition to directing the company to censor people, the government is also working to “get trusted content out there” by putting medical professionals in touch with social media influencers.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issues an advisory declaring misinformation “an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health.”— GreatGameIndia (@GreatGameIndia) July 16, 2021
American govt has officially launched #COVID Information War against the world in collaboration with #BigTech
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Psaki’s admission came after Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory declaring misinformation “an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health.”
“Misinformation takes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health and the health of our loved ones,” Murthy said at the White House.
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During just the Covid-19 pandemic, it has led to Americans refusing to wear masks, “turn down proven treatments” and choosing not to get vaccinated, which, he said, cost lives.
When Surgeon General says "misinformation," he means departure from the regime-approved narrative. Dissent mustn't be tolerated, & he wants Big Tech to crack down on what amounts to open inquiry & free exchange of ideas. In other words, he's a tyrant.https://t.co/G0ft9kiy5u— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) July 15, 2021
Murthy is a “tyrant” who wants “Big Tech to crack down on what amounts to open inquiry and free exchange of ideas,” commented journalist Jordan Schachtel, one of the notable skeptics when it comes to official pandemic narratives.
Looking at the surgeon general’s recommendations, Grabien’s Tom Elliott pointed out that the government is literally instructing private companies to “abridge the freedom of speech, and of the press, and the rights of people to peaceably assemble and petition the gov’t for redresses of grievances” – in other words, violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Before anyone argues “they’re private companies!” — that would only make sense if they were acting on their own accord. If they’re acting as functionaries of the federal gov’t, it’s a different matter altogether— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 15, 2021
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who helped publish NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about surveillance abuse in 2013, called this union of corporate and state power “one of the classic hallmarks of fascism.”
“If you don’t find it deeply disturbing that the White House is ‘flagging’ internet content that they deem ‘problematic’ to their Facebook allies for removal, then you are definitionally an authoritarian,” said Greenwald.
If you don't find it deeply disturbing that the White House is "flagging" internet content that they deem "problematic" to their Facebook allies for removal, then you are definitionally an authoritarian. No other information is needed about you to know that.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 15, 2021
“This is ‘Ministry of Truth’ level malfeasance. They’re literally admitting to colluding with [the] media to control the narrative. This is censorship,” tweeted Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), adding that such tactics befit dictatorships and that throttling speech with which the government disagrees crosses a line.
These are state-controlled-media tactics we rightfully condemn in dictatorships. If an administration has a message to get out, let them express it. But when the government works to throttle speech with which they disagree, it has crossed a line.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 15, 2021
Conservative columnist Stacey Lennox argued that censorship would actually make Americans question the White House’s narrative even more.
“If your ideas are the best, they can stand on their own. Censorship will make people question it more. Every. Single. Time,” she tweeted.
You know what will make people question your narrative more than anything else @PressSec?— Stacey – FEMA Camp Region 4 (@ScotsFyre) July 15, 2021
What you just did. If your ideas are the best, they can stand on their own. Censorship will make people question it more. Every. Single. Time
What should be of interest to governments around the world and their citizens is that this declaration of Information War is not just limited to the US. It is conducted by the NATO propaganda arm the Atlantic Council and its target encompasses nations outside the US as well.
The Pentagon uses world’s largest ‘secret army’ of 60,000 undercover operatives unofficially known as Signature Reduction to carry out ‘domestic & foreign’ operations while also infiltrating and manipulating social media.
Recently, YouTube has been fined 100,000 euros by the German Higher Regional Court at Dresden after it wrongly deleted a user’s video which showed massive pandemic lockdown protests in Switzerland – and then failed to reinstate the video ‘immediately’ after the court ordered it to do so on April 20.
In a move against this Big Tech censorship of free speech, Poland is planning to make censoring of social media accounts illegal.
“Algorithms or the owners of corporate giants should not decide which views are right and which are not,” said the prime minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki. “There can be no consent to censorship.”
In another move to protect the native news industry from tech giants, Australia had ordered Google and Facebook to share revenue with local media for news content or pay $10M fine.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that Facebook has attacked the sovereign nation of Australia and that his government will not be intimidated by Facebook’s threats. Meanwhile, other nations from around the world have join in sparking a global war against the threats from Big Tech.