Biden White House Pressed Meta To Censor WhatsApp Texts On COVID Vaccines

  • The “Twitter Files” have exposed government programs to censor social media platforms, to suppress certain posts and users according to the government’s wishes. Yet there is a piece to this story that in some regards is far more alarming: the White House’s interest in content moderation on a private speech platform.
  • As early as January 26, 2021, almost immediately after Biden took office, communications between the White House and Meta were underway regarding content moderation.
  • Of specific concern was vaccine hesitancy and how Meta would combat this across its multiple platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.
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