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Rep. Bryon Donalds, R-Fla., Said in a new interview that he was “disgusted” with recent rhetoric by the Biden government about fighting coronavirus misinformation on social media.
“It’s sick,” Donald told Fox News at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit in Tampa. “I think Jen Psaki is forgetting what the first amendment to the United States Constitution actually stands for … He says that the government – mind you, the government, which includes the White House, of which it belongs – cannot violate freedom of speech, Period, full “Stop it. Don’t say more. ”
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White House Press secretary Jen Psaki made headlines last week when she revealed that she believes the government is flagging problematic Facebook posts that threaten the government’s vaccination goals. Psaki also suggested that those banned for “misinformation” on a social media platform should also be banned by others.
“The fact that the White House thinks it’s okay to work with social media companies is outrageous to me,” Donalds told Fox News. “The fact that they think it’s okay because we’re dealing with a pandemic or people are being vaccinated that they don’t have the resources to just gently nudge or nudge or nudge social media companies Forcing this information to be made public is outrageous freedom everywhere, especially here in the United States. ”
Donalds argued that big tech censorship was “absolutely” an issue in the First Amendment because the federal government “has its hand in the cookie jar”.
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“Remember what she said in her testimony. She said these were public forums, but when pushed to do so, she said, ‘No, no, no, no … we’re not doing it. Private companies do it. ‘Well, you can’t have both! “Cried Donalds.” When it comes to private companies, the government has no say. That goes for me, and that goes for Joe Biden and everyone else. “
Regarding the legislature’s fight against big tech censorship, the Florida Republican doubted a bill could get bipartisan support, arguing that the Democrats would back it because “their comments are not being pulled down.”
“If Instagram, which is basically owned by Facebook, they pull out one of AOC’s posts that they love to do because they said there is a lot of misinformation, I guarantee you there will be reforms at Big Tech tomorrow,” Donalds said, “but because that doesn’t happen, it won’t happen. The Democrats don’t want to do that. You get exactly what they want. So how do you get bipartisan support? when a party gets exactly what it gets from want the deal. ”
Donalds suggested that there is little the Biden government can do to encourage vaccination amid the contagious Delta variant that has led to a surge in COVID cases nationwide, saying that Americans will ultimately decide for themselves if they choose get vaccinated or not.
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“At that point people will either do it or not,” said Donalds. “If people don’t want to be vaccinated, then fine, they don’t want to be vaccinated. The people who want to get vaccinated make sure they have the information about the vaccine, the credible information. Let the FDA get on with their studies, let these things happen, publish this information, don’t pull down any other information … But at the end of the day you can’t get people to do something they don’t want to do the United States of America. It’s not Cuba. “