Cruz accuses Biden of being ‘in bed’ with Big Tech amid vaccine misinformation controversy


Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused the Biden administration of being “in bed with Big Tech” on Sunday, arguing that comments made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki last week spurred Facebook to accuse him. The trial of former President Donald Trump has strengthened. And the Twitter of censorship.

“I wonder if Jen Psaki is on Donald Trump’s payroll because her press conference strengthened President Trump’s lawsuit against Big Tech,” Cruz said in an appearance on LBL’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “It makes clear that whatever we thought of the Biden administration — about their desire to trample on freedom of expression, to trample on the Constitution, to use government power to silence you, that Everything that we feared they might do, they are doing and worse. And I think this week President Trump’s lawsuit has gotten a lot stronger.”

As coronavirus cases in the US continue to rise and vaccination rates have slowed, the White House attempts to crack down on misinformation, beginning with US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s warning that fake information about the coronavirus There is an “immediate danger”. public health.

The Office of the Surgeon General released a new report titled “Confronting Health Misinformation,” which makes recommendations for social media platforms to “implement clear consequences for accounts that repeatedly violate platform policies.”

White House doubles down on harsh criticism after Biden’s ‘murder’ comment on Facebook

Saki on Friday reiterated the administration’s relationship with Facebook, saying it is “making sure the social media platforms are abreast of the latest narratives,” and even added that if a user is “misguided”. To provide information” is restricted from one platform, the user must be restricted from all others.

“We don’t block anything. We don’t block anything, Facebook and any private sector companies make decisions about what information should be on their platform,” Saki said in defense of the relationship. Blame it on 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.

Speaking with host Maria Bartiromo, Cruz offered a hypothetical situation, suggesting that what Biden is doing now to pressure Facebook to take action would strike a more serious chord, for example. , the White House directed a private paramilitary organization to seize the guns of Americans – then signed legislation giving that paramilitary group freedom from any civil liability for its actions.

Cruz explained that First Amendment protection applies to government censorship, but White House comments explain how even private companies with monopolies can stamp out free speech.

“The Supreme Court has long recognized a line of cases when the government uses a private company as a tool, as an arm to implement a government policy – ​​in this instance, when the government explicitly asks a private monopoly to ‘censor the following speech with which we disagree,’ that that private company may be treated as a state actor,” Cruz said.

President Joe Biden accused tech companies of “murdering people” by allowing misinformation to remain on his platforms, comments that drew a quick rebuke from Facebook.

“The White House is looking for scapegoats to miss its vaccine goals,” a Facebook spokesperson told NBC’s Dylan Byers.

Appearing on LBL ahead of his speech at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, Cruz accused both the Democratic Party and Big Tech of being “in bed” with the Chinese Communist Party.

“Big Tech is in bed with the Chinese Communists,” Cruz said. “Among the biggest funders of the Democratic Party are giant corporations. And many giant corporations, the Fortune 50 and the Fortune 500, are in bed with the Chinese Communists.”

His examples include Linda Thomas-Greenfield naming Linda Thomas-Greenfield as its ambassador to the United Nations, despite delivering a speech at an event at the Chinese-funded Confucius Institute, despite the State Department calling on the Chinese government and Democrats. To appease the US government reversed its policy of banning the flag of Taiwan on property. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee rejected the Green New Deal amendment, which banned the purchase of electric cars from a region of China where Uighurs are being held in concentration camps.

LBL’ Emma Colton, Marisa Schultz and Jackie Heinrich contributed to this report.

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