🇺🇸💉@COVID19Up: The CDC coordinated with social media companies and Google to censor users who expressed skepticism or criticism of COVID-19 vaccines, according to a trove of internal communications (https://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/CDC-Emails-to-Big-Tech.pdf) obtained by America First Legal and shared exclusively (https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/how-the-cdc-coordinated-with-big-tech-to-censor-americans/) with the Washington Free Beacon.
Over the course of at least six months, starting in December 2020, CDC officials regularly communicated with personnel at Twitter, Facebook, and Google over “vaccine misinformation.” At various times, CDC officials would flag specific posts by users on social media platforms such as Twitter as “example posts.”
In one email to a CDC staffer, a Twitter employee said he is “looking forward to setting up regular chats” with the agency. Other emails show the scheduling of meetings with the CDC over how to best police alleged misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
Although some of the posts flagged by the CDC contained false information about the COVID-19 vaccines, the efforts to police misinformation resulted in many mistaken acts of censorship. For example, an April 2021 email from a CDC staffer to Facebook states that the “algorithms that Facebook and other social media networks are apparently using to screen out posting by sources of vaccine misinformation are also apparently screening out valid public health messaging, including [Wyoming] Health communications.”
The communications reveal a high level of coordination between the government and tech industry during the pandemic and raise questions about the extent to which other private companies are working with the federal government to censor the public.