The Biden administration is playing an active role in flagging Facebook posts it considers to be “problematic” or “disinformation,” according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
During a Thursday press conference, Psaki said White House senior staff were engaging with “social media platforms” to combat the spread of “misinformation specifically on the pandemic.”
“In terms of actions we are taking or that we’re working to take, I should say, from the federal government, we’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the surgeon general’s office. We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” she said.
Trump proposed a draft order that puts the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission in charge of overseeing claims of partisan censorship on social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
President Trump has made it clear he is no fan of social media, due to an unproven assumption they disfavor conservatives. A draft executive order from the White House is one of President Trump’s most recent attacks against social media companies, which could put the Federal Communications Commission “in charge of shaping how Facebook, Twitter and other large tech companies curate what appears on their websites.”
President Trump complained that “social media companies are run by Democrats,” and there is a supposed bias against conservatives on social media. President Trump further complains that “Twitter has somehow made it difficult for people to follow his @realDonaldTrump account, from which he tweets prolifically.”