On Thursday, 189 congress-members, led by Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), wrote a letter to President Joe Biden pushing his admin. to stop pressuring private tech companies to censor so-called “disinformation” on their websites.
The letter, which was published to the House Commerce and Energy Committee’s Twitter page, addressed President Biden and his White House’s “ongoing efforts to put pressure on private companies to control and censor speech that it doesn’t agree with,” as well as saying the president was like a “Cuban dictator.”
“The Dem. Party has been assaulting the First Amendment since day 1 of your admin.,” the letter states. “It is the kind of behavior we would see from a Cuban dictator, not the President of America.”
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
The White House is on a censorship mission – pressuring private companies to undermine free speech they don’t agree with.
We’re demanding they stop.
— Energy & Commerce GOP (@HouseCommerce) July 22, 2021
The letter slams into Biden’s leadership, citing instances of members of the Dem. Party pressuring tech giants to disrupt free speech on their websites. Notably, the Chinese lab leak Facebook fiasco is mentioned in more detail.
“It is also clear from past events that certain details related to COVID-19 that were once seen as ‘misinformation’ is now seen quite differently. For example, until only recently, Facebook would not accept any discussion on its website about the lab leak theory, and for months your top medical advisor went against any suggestion that the virus might have escaped the Chinese lab. Presumably, your administration would have flagged such content about the lab leak theory as being ‘disinformation’ and demanded tech companies suppress this speech. But you were wrong. This is the issue with your censorship agenda. Not only are you assaulting the First Amendment, but your ‘truth’ could be wrong.”
Several people who signed the letter discussed it on Twitter to share their ideas on censorship, freedom of speech, and the Biden White House collaborating with Big Tech.
.@POTUS, please provide a list of EVERY social media company you are working with to CENSOR content your administration deems as “disinformation.”
Please produce any written policy or plan outlining your administration’s censorship program. https://t.co/YRB8jhQz2A
— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) July 22, 2021
Proud to have joined my colleagues on this letter to protect our First Amendment rights!🇺🇸 https://t.co/0umyIMDtXU
— Rep. David Schweikert (@RepDavid) July 26, 2021
The Biden Administration’s effort to censor information online is a threat to our First Amendment.
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) July 23, 2021
It's alarming that our executive branch is pressuring private entities to restrict content they don't agree with.
This is a major affront to fundamental #FirstAmendment rights.
That's why I joined my colleagues in calling on the Biden admin to cease their censorship efforts. ⬇️ https://t.co/q37BQRZ8xo
— Rep. Randy Feenstra (@RepFeenstra) July 23, 2021
🚨🚨The White House is colluding with Big Tech! I’m proud to join with @cathymcmorris and my House Republican colleagues in demanding this administration end its crusade to censor speech they don’t agree with. https://t.co/1I4Q507kPH
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) July 24, 2021
The Biden Administration continues down a dangerous path of censoring speech and undermining the First Amendment. It needs to stop.
Joined @cathymcmorris and my colleagues in sending this letter to @POTUS. ↓ pic.twitter.com/l3bgFsAJUG
— Rep Tim Walberg (@RepWalberg) July 23, 2021
The letter ends with a request for Biden to give a full run-down of social media tech giants the Biden admin. is working with to censor what they call “disinformation,” lists of “disinformation” posts which have been flagged, and users who were banned from these platforms for pushing “disinformation.”
“As the President, you have a sacred duty to defend our Constitution,” the letter says. “All Americans cherish free speech, but your admin. is destroying this fundamental right.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire