Ted Cruz claims Biden administrator tramples ‘free speech’ by pushing social media sites to suppress vaccine misinformation
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) Accused the Biden administration on Sunday of violating the First Amendment in its effort to get social media companies to do more to tackle false allegations about the shooting, joining others conservatives who took hold of the Biden administration’s recent decision. offensive against disinformation about the coronavirus vaccine in their crusade against big tech.
Speaking during an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”, Cruz described the pressure from the White House in favor of a crackdown on disinformation on vaccines as a “clear” indicator of “their desire to violate freedom of expression, to violate the Constitution” .
The Texas Republican argued that efforts to boost vaccine uptake, including increased public pressure on social media sites and “flagging” of problematic posts, is evidence of government censorship because he said the Biden administration was using corporations as a “tool.”
He even suggested that White House press secretary Jen Psaki should be part of the payroll of former President Donald Trump because of the extent to which his press briefings on cracking down on disinformation on the vaccines have “bolstered” Trump’s long-running trial against big tech, which he accused of censoring his dismissal from the platforms.
“This clearly shows that everything we thought about the Biden administration – its willingness to trample on free speech, flout the Constitution, use the power of government to silence you – everything we feared what they do, they do it and worse “, says Cruz. “I think President Trump’s trial has gotten much, much stronger this week.”
The federal government took a strong new target against vaccine misinformation this week after US surgeon general Dr Vivek Murthy issued his first health advisory, calling it an “urgent threat.” “Simply put: Health misinformation has cost us lives,” said top doctor. Psaki then elicited a backlash from some conservatives when she told a press conference on Thursday that the administration was coordinating with social media companies to tackle fake health information. She noted that senior White House officials and members of the Covid-19 task force were in “regular contact” with Facebook and other companies. But when asked by Fox News if that amounted to “spying on” Americans’ use of social media, Psaki said it was “a loaded and inaccurate question.”
“Our biggest concern, and frankly I think this should be your biggest concern, is the number of people dying in the country because they are given false information that causes them not to take a vaccine,” said Psaki.
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