According to Fox News, the Biden administration has signaled its intention to work with technology companies and SMS (Short Message Service) providers to eliminate information they believe is misinformation about vaccines.
According to a report published Monday (12 July) in Politico, “Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.”
Politico’s White House correspondents Natasha Korecki and Eugene Daniels did not make clear in their report how the Biden administration and social media platforms would determine what exactly constitutes “misinformation,” nor how messages will be monitored, and whether they will be deleted or not allowed to be sent at all.
The White House, after failing to meet its initial 4 July target of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose, is continuing with initiatives to dissuade people from getting the vaccine, which is being widely questioned.
People’s fear of the vaccine has become a major impediment to the Biden administration. To reverse the situation driving their ‘pandemic plan’ downhill, they have once again turned to social media platforms to monitor or suppress information.
Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, had earlier said that the administration would try to work with Silicon Valley on the issue. “We are talking to them … so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it quickly,” he said, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said: “We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover.”
But reactions condemning the administration’s latest move were swift.
“Biden’s regime has announced they’ll be working with SMS providers to stop vaccine “misinformation” spread via text messages. This is on the same day the White House said they support local officials who implement mandatory vaccines. No wonder they can’t condemn Communism,” said Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert.
Meanwhile, Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, who is also a constitutional lawyer, tweeted: “So now the Biden Administration wants to get into people’s text messages … to force vaccine compliance and who knows what else.”
Democrats came under a barrage of criticism last week after Biden’s announcement that the White House will step up efforts to vaccinate more Americans by going “door-to-door,” with many critics accusing the administration of tyrannical overreach.
Physician and Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier said, “Vaccine education and conversation should be between a doctor and patient, not by a grassroot government door knocker.”