GOP is asking whether Fauci played a role in platform censoring claims COVID-19 was “man-made”
Top Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees wrote a letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday asking the company to hand over communications between Zuckerberg, Facebook employees, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials.
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The request comes after emails between Fauci and Zuckerberg, obtained by BuzzFeed News, in which Zuckerberg sought help from the nation’s top infectious disease expert to promote access to reliable health information for its users.
Lawmakers want to know whether Fauci influenced Facebook’s decision to ban posts from users who question the origins of COVID-19 by claiming the virus was engineered.
The letter to Facebook, obtained exclusively by Granthshala Business, read, “These communications with Dr. Fauci raise the possibility that the federal government prompted Facebook to censor certain speech in violation of the First Amendment.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told FBN exclusively that these exchanges between Zuckerberg and Fauci raise questions and Congress deserves answers.
“There are probably two explanations. Either Zuckerberg and Facebook were duped like so many Americans and thought Dr. Fauci was the smartest person on the planet… or they were working with the government. And it seems That it’s the latter.”
Jordan says it’s possible Facebook’s decision to close the debate initially on the nature of COVID-19 may have put pressure on government officials to take the theory more seriously.
“Why is this big tech forum working closely with the government to suppress certain types of information that we now know were so credible?” He asked.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone explained the communication between Facebook and Fauci in a series of tweets, tweeting, “In the early days of this pandemic, in addition to connecting with others on Facebook Trump, up to the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert.” Reached out. Administration’s Coronavirus Task Force, to offer our assistance… Mark Zuckerberg shared with Dr. Fauci. Facebook plans to launch a COVID-19 Information Center, which provides reliable resources and support from government and health experts It is the center to make information about COVID-19 easily accessible on the platform.
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Jordan says it’s telling that while Fauci was undermining the lab-leaked theory — that the COVID-19 was engineered and fled the Wuhan lab — Facebook’s policies aligned to suppress that content on their platform. did. But when the Biden administration announced it was seriously considering the theory – Facebook’s policies changed course.
“Dr. Fauci, once again, has changed his position. So he’s saying, ‘Oh, well, there might be some credibility to see the lab, the origin of the virus from the lab,'” Jordan said. “Whatever the government says, Facebook goes along.”
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Portions of communications between Fauci and Zuckerberg were redacted before being released as part of the FOIA request, raising questions from some Republicans who wondered to what extent Facebook and Fauci were cooperating. Were were
Stone explained in a tweet addressing those revised portions of the email between Fauci and Zuckerberg, “In the revised portion of the email, Zuckerberg told Dr. Fauci about our plan — which we described in our company blog weeks ago. Did — to help Facebook run the coronavirus PSA to share ad credits with government agencies.”
But Jordan says he wants Facebook to release the original email unread if it doesn’t contain sensitive trade secrets, which Facebook is trying to protect from telling FBN, “Why did the government say, ‘Oh no– No, you can’t see what’s in communication with the highest paid official in our government, Dr. Fauci, and the head of one of the biggest companies on the planet. You’re not allowed to see what they’re about I’m talking. And we know what they were talking about, led by the fact that some of the information was kept from the American people.”