Controlling the narrative is power. Authoritarian regimes know this well, and ruthlessly employ power to control public discourse and, in turn, the people themselves.
Cuban authorities cut internet service, 今週, to quell the spread of pro-freedom demonstrations across its cities. By executive fiat, India recently instituted internet regulations to suppress news about India’s farmers’ protests and COVID public health failures – a decision that some are calling “digital authoritarianism.”
そしてで 中国, Xi Jinping’s heavy-handed regulation of the internet has been most egregious censoring social media influencers, blocking foreign ideas from entering the country, and even imprisoning dissenting voices for “false news.”
If this sounds familiar, it is – throughout modern history, 政権 seeking to quell citizen protest begin a repressive crackdown by silencing dissenters, ジャーナリスト, even ordinary protestors – either through censoring the press or forbidding critical talk.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday made groundbreaking admissions revealing the Biden administration’s agenda of deciding what speech Americans are allowed to hear. Psaki admitted, “members of the [ホワイトハウス] senior staff” です “in regular touch with the social media platforms” for the purpose of addressing this “big issue of misinformation.”
She went on to admit that the White House has “increased disinformation research and tracking” そしてそれ “within the surgeon general’s office, we’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook” そして “boost[NS] trusted content.”
How exactly is our government “boosting trusted content” on supposedly private social media networks? Who decides what content is “trusted”? No answers from the White House. Nor from California’s government, which has been engaging in a similar censorship “パートナーシップ” with big tech in order to suppress dissent about the 2020 選挙.
Whether it is a member of the White House’s senior staff, the secretary of state of California or anyone else carrying the weight of the government, the unholy collusion between “ビッグテック” そして “Big Government” isn’t just another shameful example of the censorship we’re witnessing internationally – in America, it is blatantly unconstitutional.
The First Amendment’s free speech clause prohibits the government from abridging speech, especially on the basis of viewpoint, absent judicial scrutiny. The White House freely admits that it is pressuring Facebook to remove information it subjectively deems “誤報” with respect to the coronavirus and vaccine.
言い換えると, 博士. Anthony Fauci is carrying a pocket veto on your speech. Don’t forget that at the same time, the big tech companies are facing increasing bipartisan calls for regulation, even antitrust breakup remedies. Against such a backdrop, when the White House comes calling, they are sure to stand at attention.
先月, the Center for American Liberty, where I serve as CEO and founder, filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Twitter, その. アレックスパディーラ, D-Calif。, and other California officials for their roles in censoring – and ultimately deplatforming – conservative commentator Rogan O’Handley, whose “thought crime” was calling for an audit of the 2020 選挙. (どれの, in light of the news this week arising from Fulton County, ジョージア, and Maricopa County, アリゾナ, seems prophetic.)