Misinformation and Big Tech

We’ve been hearing a lot about what is called “misinformation,” especially from the likes of President Biden. Last week he accused Facebook of “killing people” with vaccine misinformation, something that Facebook vigorously denied.
The company said over 2 billion people have viewed “authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines” on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. The company said it was actually saving lives by providing information on where and how to get a vaccine.
Biden and his press secretary, Jen Psaki, seem to deem any information  that goes against their efforts to have 100 percent of us vaccinated as “disinformation,” which means there is no other authoritative viewpoints than their own so-called experts. They are frustrated they cannot shut down those on the internet with opposing views on the vaccine.
Psaki even went so far last week as to urge Big Tech companies to unite on bans for “misinformation” spreaders. In her opinion, it is the administration’s viewpoint or the highway. No other alternative information is to be believed or tolerated or viewed.
This isn’t the way it works in America. Joseph Goebbels was Hitler’s Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda for 12 years from 1933-1945. His ministry quickly exerted control over the news media, arts and information in Germany. That didn’t end well for the German people or the world. We can’t allow that to happen here.
Psaki’s desire to have Big Tech companies ban all “misinformation” spreaders drew fire from a number of sources, and rightly so.
“Why is the White House declaring who should and shouldn’t be banned from social media platforms?” tweeted author Vivek Ramaswamy. “Google, Facebook and Twitter are effectively state actors in disguise when they engage in political censorship.”
Conservative writer Steven Miller said, “Removing information on vaccines will translate right over to anything they think is misinformation on gun violence, or climate, or healthcare or what defines a man or woman, which is why they are doing this.”
GOP Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeted, “[Psaki’s] statement makes it abundantly clear they want people banned for simply disagreeing with the government’s pre-approved narrative.”
What this all amounts to is the government attempting to censor news and opinion through the likes of Facebook instead of doing it themselves which would be blatant censorship and against free speech in the First Amendment. Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, a Trump critic who supported Biden, said it’s “not the government’s job to moderate Facebook.”
Big Tech wields too much power. Remember prior to the 2020 election when Hunter Biden’s computer story was broke by the Washington Post newspaper? The younger Biden had dropped off his laptop at a repair shop and failed to claim it for months.
When the repair shop owner checked to see what was on it, he found damning emails and images that would have been detrimental to both Bidens. He made a copy and turned it over to law enforcement authorities who have failed to make information on it public in spite of a whistleblower’s (Tony Bobulinski) testimony in a television interview.
Big Tech ignored the Post story in an obvious effort to protect the elder Biden who was running for president. Many people said if they had known what was on that computer, it may have swayed their vote for Biden. We still don’t know all the details on the alleged illegal activities of the Bidens.
That is suppressed information and it is just as bad, or worse, than misinformation.

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