Peter Doocy, Philip Wegmann Corner Jen Psaki Over WH Role In Big Tech Censorship (Video)

During Friday’s White House press briefing, Fox News’s Peter Doocy and Real Clear Politics’ Philip Wegmann cornered White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki over Big Tech censorship and the Biden Regime’s role in facilitating it.

Newsbusters’ Curtis Houck noted that Doocy and Wegmann “…inquired about whether it could be seen as ‘spying on people’s Facebook profiles,’ how long this partnership has been going on, and if there are any safeguards to protect speech.”

He added:

Doocy set Press Secretary Jen Psaki up by leading with a question about China’s lack of cooperation into the origins of the coronavirus, citing one Chinese conspiracy theory that the virus came from smuggled in “frozen food.”

After Psaki said the administration is “concerned…about misinformation” from China, Doocy used that as a springboard to the federal government’s work with social media platforms: “[S]peaking of misinformation and the announcement from yesterday, for how long has the administration been spying on people’s Facebook profiles looking for vaccine misinformation?”

Psaki immediately became disgusted, telling Doocy he had offered up “quite a loaded and inaccurate question, which I would refute.”

Over some tense crosstalk, Psaki insisted they’re “in regular touch with” social media companies just as they talk to “a range of news outlets,” but Doocy countered with the fact that Fox News “expect[s] the White House to be watching” while ordinary Americans on Facebook are totally different.

Here’s video of that exchange:

At one point, Psaki got snarky and personal with Doocy, suggesting he didn’t care about the victims of the coronavirus:

PSAKI: Our biggest concern here and I frankly think it should be your biggest concern is the number of people who are dying around the country because they’re getting misinformation that is leading them to not take a vaccine.

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DOOCY: But —

PSAKI: Young people, old people, kids, children, this is all being — a lot of them are being impacted by misinformation.

DOOCY: The big concern, though, I think, for a lot of people on Facebook is that now this is big brother watching you.

PSAKI: They’re more concerned about that than people dying across the country because of a pandemic or misinformation is traveling on social media platforms. That feels unlikely to me. If you have the data to back that up. I’m happy to discuss it.

During the final exchange of the briefing, Wegmann asked a series of basic, but import questions:

WEGMANN: Clarifying question —

PSAKI: Yeah.

WEGMANN: — on — on how you identify this misinformation. I’m wondering if you could tell us specifically the administration identifies what is misinformation and then how you flag it to Facebook. That’s one. Two is how many times has the administration flagged this kind of information and then three, how long has this been going? And then finally, I know that — that you are deadly serious about this conversation. You talked about how this is life and death. But are there any types of safeguards that the administration is putting in place to make certain that they do not chill free speech while they are going after this kind of misinformation?

PSAKI: First of all, to be crystal clear, any decision about platform usage and who should be on the platform is orchestrated and determined by private sector companies. Facebook is one of them, right? And there are a range of media who are also — have their own criteria and rules in place and they implement them, and that’s their decision to do. That is not the federal government doing that. It is life and death, and it is a public health issue in the country. That’s why the surgeon general was here talking about it yesterday. There are trends we can see and you can all probably see on Facebook and other social media platforms and so what we raise are issues like there is a lot of information out there about — about — the — the false claim that Covid-19 causes infertility. Everyone in this room knows that’s factually inaccurate. We raised for them in our direct channels, of which every administration has always had with every social media platform that we are seeing this trend. It’s troubling. That information is inaccurate.

WEGMANN: But specifically — so — you’re not going after — you’re saying these are general areas of misinformation that you should take a look at, not specific posts.

PSAKI: Yeah. Yes it is also publicly available who the individuals are who have — who have spread most of the information, wasn’t publicly available by the United States government. It’s publicly available information, so that’s how it works.

Psaki also said that if people are banned from one platform, they should be banned from all:

Indeed.

On top of this, news broke that the Regime is now colluding with certain carriers and “Biden-friendly” organizations like the DNC to monitor and censor text messages.

As the Gateway Pundit noted:

The Biden Administration is publicly admitting that Americans who do not fall in line with their agenda do not have the right to participate in the exchange of commerce and ideas online.

How far will this go?  Good question.  Unfortunately, we don’t have any good answers.

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