Byron Donalds slams White House for trying to ‘police’ social media on COVID-19
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'The White House seems to have forgotten the First Amendment.'

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds wants answers from social media companies about direction the White House gave to moderate content on COVID-19.

Donalds wants Facebook and Twitter to come clean about directives from the Joe Biden administration to cull “misinformation” on the ongoing pandemic.

“It’s very clear. I want to ask them what has the White House told them. When did they tell them? How frequently has the White House been in contact with them? And that goes for Twitter, too, and any other social media company we can get in,” Donalds said Monday morning on Fox and Friends.

“The White House seems to have forgotten the First Amendment. It’s not their job to police speech. Frankly, the Constitution states that they should never ever ever have that job. It’s not a part of their purview,” Donalds added.

“But because of a pandemic, they think they have the ability to take all powers everywhere. You guys were talking about the door to door (vaccination outreach) programs. That’s not the government’s role,” Donalds said, saying “information” should be provided.

“But you don’t get to go put pressure on private companies to have them remove information, to remove posts. That actually goes against the First Amendment, using private companies to do their dirty work. These companies need to come in and need to answer to Congress about what they’ve been doing and how much pressure the White House has been putting on them,” Donalds said.

The Congressman also told voters he’d made up his mind about vaccinations, and he’s just saying no.

“I’m 42 years old, I had COVID-19,” Donalds said. “I’m not getting vaccinated because I don’t want to. It has nothing to do with what the Surgeon General said. It has nothing to do with what Joe Biden wants. That is my own decision as a freethinking human being. I don’t want to do it. I don’t want the shot. I can think of millions of Americans who are like that. Leave us alone. Please.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki outlined the Biden Administration’s efforts in somewhat less totalitarian terms Thursday.

“Within the Surgeon General’s Office, we’re flagging posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” Psaki said. “We’re working with doctors and medical professionals to connect medical experts with people, who are popular with their audiences with accurate information and boost trusted content. So, we’re helping get trusted content out there.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


5 comments

  • Frankie M.

    July 19, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Why doesn’t Donalds start his own right wing blog if he’s so worried about free speech being infringed upon? Is it because no one will read it?? Somebody should tell Donalds he is not eligible to receive the vaccine. How much you wanna bet he’d be front & center screaming for one?

  • tjb

    July 19, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Will someone tell Byron Donalds that Covid 19 is a health and not a political issue? He may have survived Covid 19 but as of today, 608,000 Americans have died from it. How many more Americans will die because of false Covid 19 information?

  • Beth

    July 19, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Naturally Mr. Donald is upset. How else is he going to spend his time if he can’t spread ridiculous lies for his hero traitor trump? That is literally all he does. Needs to be voted out.

  • Michael Hoffmann

    July 19, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    My guess is that everyone in the Congressional Black Caucus has had their COVID inoculations, which should be one reason to keep BD out of the mix.

  • DONNA MATSON

    July 20, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Love Byron Donalds, and we’re going to keep one of the best we have in the GOP! You have my vote any day Mr. Donalds!

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