That’s right, they’re invading our privacy and trying to control what we can say and share with our loved ones. What happened to freedom of speech and the right to make our own informed decisions about our health?
Zweig’s report reveals that the White House began pressuring Meta just days after Biden took office to monitor and reduce so-called harmful content on WhatsApp. The company’s options for intervention, however, were limited due to the encrypted nature of the platform.
Despite this, White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty continued to badger Meta executives to take action on vaccine hesitancy, demanding empirical data about the effectiveness of reducing “vaccine-skeptical content.” Flaherty even suggested that he doesn’t want a laid-back approach to content moderation on WhatsApp, criticizing Facebook for not implementing an “algorithmic shift” in election-related content to prevent the Jan. 6 “insurrection.”
This is unacceptable and a clear violation of our First Amendment rights. The government has no right to target private messaging services or dictate what we can and cannot say. As Zweig notes, “targeted censorship on a private messaging app is still out of government reach.”