The Federalist editor Ben Domenech criticized the Biden administration for colluding with Facebook to silence and remove anything they don’t like. In the Fox News special report on Thursday, Domenech reacted to the White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed Thursday that the administration “routinely reported problematic Facebook posts that spread disinformation.”
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“Jen Psaki’s comments today,” said Domenech, are deeply concerning because “she mentioned that it was not just about Facebook but also companies in other areas that they own. ” Domenech pointed out that Facebook also owns the popular WhatsApp messaging app, “which a lot of people use to communicate.”
During the segment, former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. argued that Facebook was transparent with its censorship campaign. Domenech disagreed. “I’m sorry to disappoint Harold,” Domenech said, “but transparency is not a word I associate with processes with Facebook flagging up any information or misinformation. In fact, they’re completely opaque in terms of process, of what they judge and how they see things as determined, including even their fact-checking process.
Domenech explained how, as publisher of The Federalist, he experienced Facebook’s “frustrating” policies, including when the tech giant censorship the stories from his publication regarding the Wuhan Laboratory Leak Theory. However, Domenech thinks it’s much worse for people who are “just trying to share their own thoughts.”
Thinking back to the Hunter Biden scandal, Domenech reminded viewers that on Twitter “people weren’t even allowed to send a direct message” to the New York Post’s explosive story on Hunter’s laptop. “Is it going to be a similar circumstance, where Facebook starts to penetrate the private communications of individuals under the pretext of preventing disinformation, disinformation? Domenech asked.
Domenech added that the White House blaming “misinformation” for the drop in vaccination rates is a bogus excuse. The real reason isn’t because of the misinformation, he said, but because government policies say COVID-19 vaccines don’t work.
Domenech gave the example of Los Angeles County, who announced today that regardless of people’s immunization status, everyone will always need to wear a mask. “It does a lot more harm to the cause of the vaccination than I would say any kind of information sharing or debate about the origin of this virus,” Domenech said.
Evita Duffy is an intern at The Federalist, co-founder of the Chicago Thinker and senior at the University of Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @ evitaduffy_1