Press Secretary Psaki called big tech censorship a "health and safety" issue and called on platforms to do more to censor Americans.
During a press briefing on Wednesday White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked what the administration thinks about former President Trump Facebook ban being upheld by the company. Psaki used the question to call on social media platforms to do more in fighting misinformation calling it "life threatening" and a threat to Americans.
Psaki drew attention to misinformation around elections and COVID-19 as key issues that need to be addressed. Psaki called on social media companies to "stop amplifying untrustworthy content" and increase privacy of users.
Psaki said the administration is a "believer in first amendment rights" but calls on big tech companies to combat what she calls "misinformation and disinformation."
Psaki was responding to a question about a tweet from Sen. Ted Cruz who sent a warning to Americans that "if the Big Tech oligarchs can muzzle the former President, what’s to stop them from silencing you?"
Cruz criticized "liberals" for celebrating the deplatforming of the former President as the latest example that has seen many high profile conservatives censored or banned.
Twitter has also been the target of criticism after it banned Project Veritas and its founder James O'Keefe after their exposition story on a CNN producer. Other notable conservatives like Kayleigh McEnany had their social media accounts locked after sharing a New York Post article about Hunter Biden.
Psaki in January said, "We've certainly spoken to, and he's spoken to the need for social media platforms to reduce hate speech," when asked a question about social media censorship. It is unclear what Psaki defines as "hate speech."
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