UPDATED 8:51 AM PT – Thursday, May 6, 2021
According to the White House, social media companies have the responsibility of shutting down misinformation. During a press conference Wednesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Facebook’s decision to uphold its ban of President Trump.
Specifically, she was asked if Big Tech oligarchs can muzzle a former president, what’s to stop them from silencing anyone? Psaki said she had no comment on Trump, but said Joe Biden’s view is that the major platforms have the job to stop amplifying “untrustworthy content.”
“His view is that there’s more that needs to be done to ensure that this type of misinformation, disinformation, damaging, sometimes life threatening information is not going out to the American public,” stated the press secretary.
President Trump slams Big Tech:
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth…”
— Natalie Harp (@NatalieJHarp) May 5, 2021
The question came in the wake of Facebook’s Oversight Board upholding a ban of President Trump from using the platform. The board did note, however, that the ban was inappropriate and Facebook has six months to revisit the decision.