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BREAKING: New emails ‘prove Facebook censored Americans because of Biden White House Pressure’ in early COVID

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Newly released internal emails from Facebook reveal the social media giant willingly removed posts pertaining to Covid at the request of the Biden White House. “We are facing continued pressure from external stakeholders, including the [Biden] White House” one stated.

Specifically, the April 2021 email sent by a Facebook employee on behalf of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged, “We are facing continued pressure from external stakeholders, including the [Biden] White House.”

“Can someone quickly remind me why we were removing—rather than demoting/labeling—claims that Covid is man made,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s president of global affairs, wrote in a July 2021 email to coworkers obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

“We were under pressure from the administration and others to do more,” the tech giant’s vice president of content policy responded, alluding to the White House. “We shouldn’t have done it.”

The emails were obtained by the House Judiciary Committee after the panel subpoenaed Facebook as part of its investigation into the federal government’s efforts to control free speech on social media.

This email exchanges occurred only months after Facebook ended its policy of censoring any posts raising the question as to whether or not the virus was the result of a Chinese lab leak.

National Review reports in depth on the circumstances surrounding Facebook and the White House:

That same month, Clegg informed his team at Facebook that senior Biden adviser Andy Slavitt was “outraged – not too strong a word to describe his reaction – that we did not remove” a popular post. According to the Ohio Republican, the offensive content was a humorous meme that suggested vaccine recipients would be solicited to join class-action lawsuits in the future.

Recounting his conversation with Slavitt, Clegg wrote in a subsequent email that he challenged the White House’s demand, pointing out “that removing content like that would represent a significant incursion into traditional boundaries of free expression in the US.”

Nevertheless, Slavitt rejected the argument altogether, according to the high-ranking Facebook official: “he replied that the post directly comparing Covid vaccines to asbestos poisoning in a way which demonstrably inhibits confidence in Covid vaccines amongst those the Biden administration is try to reach.”

Replying to Clegg’s email, Facebook’s vice president of public policy Brian Rice said that he saw Slavitt’s demand as a “crossroads” and suggested to colleagues that it should inform their content-moderation practices going forward.

“Given what is at stake here, it would also be a good idea if we could regroup and take stock of where we are in our relations with the [White House], and our internal methods too,” Rice wrote in a reply to Clegg’s email.

On some occasions, Facebook executives said they were concerned that cracking down on disfavored speech would only fuel distrust of vaccines and public-health authorities in general.

“There may be risk of pushing them further toward hesitancy by suppressing their speech and making them feel marginalized by large institutions,” said a draft memo to Facebook executives included in an April 2021 email obtained by the Journal.

By July 2021, President Biden was accusing platforms such as Facebook of “killing people” by refusing to censor “misinformation” related to the virus. “They’re killing people,” Biden said during a press conference at the time. “Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”

The public and private pressure appears to have yielded results: weeks after Biden’s comments, on August 2, 2021,  Facebook leadership asked employees to “brainstorm some additional policy levers we can pull to be more aggressive against…misinformation. This is stemming from the continued criticism of our approach from the [Biden] administration.”

 

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Number of illegal migrants from China, mostly single males, surpassing those from Mexico in some areas

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the total number of apprehensions from China at the conclusion of the 2023 fiscal year, was 24,048 persons, more than 10 times the 1,970 arrests recorded in 2022. Of the more than 140,000 Chinese nationals, mostly single males, who have illegally entered the United States since President Joe Biden took office, does not include persons who have evaded capture.

In one California border sector, where the majority are apprehended, CBP announced that between October and February, the 21,000 encounters with Chinese citizens surpassed the 18,700 Mexicans taken into custody.

Foreign Desk News explains that the migrants will typically fly to Ecuador, as there is no visa requirement, then pay guides to transport them to the U.S. border. Many of the transients will claim asylum on the basis that they are victims of the oppressive regime in Beijing.

The influx has caused concern in Washington over the possible national security implications, such as how on March 27, an unnamed Chinese individual was arrested for attempting to enter the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, without identification.

The Wall St. Journal reported that unauthorized Chinese citizens, often posing as tourists, attempted to access or surveil sensitive U.S. military instillations more than 100 times in recent years.

Last summer, House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN), announced that his committee had obtained evidence from the U.S. Border Patrol confirming that many of the detained, and later released per Biden administration policy, have ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army.

 

 

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