'We shouldn’t have done it': Blockbuster report shows Biden White House colluded with Big Tech to suppress free speech

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WASHINGTON, DC -The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed internal communications between executives of Big Tech companies that reveal “damning discoveries” of the alleged conspiracy of collusion between Biden's White House and Big Tech, Fox News reports.

A report from that committee published this week came after a subpoena issued last year by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to tech titans Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft. The investigation revealed that those companies colluded with the Biden White House to censor Americans who did not abide by the administration’s preferred narrative. 

When he issued the subpoenas, Jordan said he wanted to “understand how and to what extent the Executive Branch coerced and colluded with companies and other intermediaries to censor speech.” 

The 800-plus-page report, “The Censorship-Industrial Complex: How Top Biden White House Officials Coerced Big Tech to Censor Americans, True Information, and Critics of the Biden Administration,” referred to several instances where tech platforms censored information related to COVID-19 due to pressure from the Biden administration. 

In addition, the Biden White House pressured the tech platforms to crack down on so-called “vaccine misinformation,” although some executives from those companies resisted the pressure and refused to comply. Others, however, gave in, trying to avoid more significant issues with the administration. 

“Now, having obtained and reviewed tens of thousands of emails and other relevant nonpublic documents, the Committee and Select Subcommittee can provide a more complete picture of how and the extent to which the Biden White House coerced companies to suppress free speech,” the report said. 

According to the report, the Big Tech companies altered their content moderation policies in 2021 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon all adjusted their policies to censor “misinformation” about COVID-19 to what kind of books were eligible to be sold on Amazon Marketplace.

For example, Alex Berenson’s series of books revealing the truth about COVID-19 were censored by Amazon. They later changed course. 

“Indeed, both Facebook and Amazon referred to the Biden White House’s efforts as ‘pressure,’” the report said. 

The report also accused the Biden White House of demanding censorship of factual information, satire, and other content that didn’t violate the platforms’ policies, according to internal Facebook memos from executives in July 2021. They showed Facebook “understood the Biden White House’s position” as wanting “negative information on or opinions about the vaccine” removed as well as “humorous or satirical content that suggests the vaccine isn’t safe.” 

One Facebook executive, Nick Clegg, asked in a July 2021 email why the company censored the lab-leak theory of COVID-19. An employee replied, “Because we were under pressure from the [Biden] administration and others to do more…we shouldn’t have done it.” 

In another instance in July 2021, Facebook executives attempted to appease the Biden administration, whereby Clegg emailed colleagues, writing that “[g]iven the bigger fish we have to fry with the [Biden] Administration,” Facebook should try to figure out “how we can be responsive to [the Administration’s] concerns.” 

The report comes amid scathing comments by both Republicans and Democrats and after the House and Senate voted to ban TikTok if it doesn’t divest from ByteDance, a Chinese company controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. 

In March, the Supreme Court heard arguments challenging the administration’s alleged coordination with Big Tech to censor certain political messages. 

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