SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 2 August 2021, Monday |

White House’s Stance on Social Media Bans for ‘Coronavirus Misinformation’ Ignites Twitter

This week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also reportedly mentioned that the White House is “in regular touch with social media platforms” regarding the matter of COVID-19 “disinformation”.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has apparently managed to cause quite a stir online after she voiced some suggestions about how people responsible for spreading coronavirus “misinformation” on social media should be treated.

“You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others if you are for providing misinformation out there,” Psaki said while talking about “steps social media outlets could take for public health”, as Fox News put it.

As the media outlet points out, earlier this week Psaki also revealed that the White House is “in regular touch with social media platforms” regarding the matter of COVID-19 “disinformation”.

“Within the Surgeon General’s Office, we’re flagging posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” she 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.”

Quite a few social media users, however, did not seem particularly pleased with Psaki’s announcement, some of them citing concerns related to the First Amendment.

Others wondered aloud how such announcement would’ve been met if it were brought forth by the White House during Trump’s presidency.