Jen Psaki, a former White House press secretary, urged MSNBC viewers to think about the dangers that insufficient censorship of hate speech and inaccurate information would pose to racism.
Guess what would happen if you ran a local political campaign, and your ads were on television. Psaki stated that the ad was taken down. These platforms have a different set rules and people get more information from them than any other media source. This is the danger.
Wednesday’s hearing by the House Oversight Committee was focused on Twitter’s censorship policies. It focused on Twitter’s actions toward a New York Post report on October 14, 2020 about the contents of a laptop left behind by Hunter Biden. Twitter locked multiple accounts including that of Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, for sharing the story.
“They’re allowing hate speech and racism, as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez stated. Let’s not forget about inaccurate information regarding vaccines and how it can save lives. These are the most dangerous platforms,” Psaki stated.
Nancy Mace, a Republican Representative from South Carolina, spoke out about side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and questioned former Twitter executives about the censorship for alleged misinformation about COVID-19.
Stanford University’s Jay Bhattacharya (a professor of health policies) was one of those “shadow-banned.” He claimed that children were being harmed by lockdowns in the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrew Bostom (an ex-Brown University academic) was suspended for five month for “medical misinformation.”
“What these Republicans are doing is basically, just to get past all of the crazy word salad from yesterday, they are defending inaccurate, dangerous information being pushed on the platforms that most people obtain information from,” Psaki said. People are being urged not to get immunized because of this dangerous and racist decision, which was made January 6. They’re just defending it.”
Psaki, who is now a MSNBC host, stated that “that’s the hill they have determined they want to die upon.”