Congressional Republicans were up in arms Thursday after the Biden administration revealed it was flagging “problematic” Facebook posts with “misinformation” about COVID-19 to the social media giant.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the Surgeon General’s Office had “increased disinformation research and tracking” and added that it was “important to take faster action against harmful posts … and Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful violative posts.”
Psaki was joined by Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who said the administration was asking Big Tech to “consistently take action against misinformation super-spreaders on their platforms” and calling on news organizations to “proactively address the public’s questions without inadvertently giving a platform to health misinformation that can harm their audiences.”
The comments touched off an uproar among longtime Big Tech critics like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who accused the White House on Twitter of “using @Facebook
to impose its #COVID19 speech code. The social media platforms are