The “Facebook Files” are out and the first thing that struck Jonathan Turley about them is the way the Biden regime couldn’t take a joke. His own attempts at humor show why he’s such a good law professor.
Facebook censorship isn’t funny
The rampant censorship on Facebook isn’t funny, declares esteemed law professor Jonathan Turley. His fans chuckle that neither is the example joke he gave at the top of his latest column. “COVID-19, the flu and the common cold all walk into a bar. The bartender asks, ‘what is this? Some kind of sick joke?‘” He tells it to make the point of what a sick joke the censorship has become.
“Indeed, it is one of the many COVID-19 jokes that raged on the internet during the pandemic. What citizens did not know is that the Biden administration was tracking the laugh lines for censorship, along with other views it found neither funny nor helpful.”
Being true didn’t help one bit if the comments or links didn’t match the official government approved narrative. As Turley explains, “the newly released ‘Facebook Files’ revealed a concerted effort by the Biden administration to censor not just false information, but also true information, along with jokes that its functionaries simply found annoying.” Not long ago, the professor testified to congress on that very subject.
The Facebook Files confirmed what many of us have suspected for years. Facebook executives used similar language to lament the “overwhelming” effort of the government to censor citizens and its unwillingness to take “no” for an answer.https://t.co/SDNGfw12gN
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) July 29, 2023
He went up on the witness stand about his take on “censorship after Elon Musk’s release of internal Twitter communications, also known as the Twitter Files. I warned that the government was engaging in ‘censorship by surrogate,‘ using corporate allies to do indirectly what it is legally prevented from doing directly.”
While Elon Musk turned over everything and is still making more public, Meta “had refused to open its own files on government censorship efforts.” Congress beat Mark Zuckerberg over the head with subpoenas until Lizard Boy came across with the goods.
“That came to an end when the House Judiciary Committee finally moved to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in contempt of Congress.” The files confirmed what everyone feared, “a massive effort by the government to pressure the company to censor its critics and other dissenting voices.”
Won’t take no for an answer
Big brother is a bully. Facebook executives frequently complained about the “overwhelming effort of the government to censor citizens and its unwillingness to take ‘no‘ for an answer.” Just like they did with Twitter, “a senior adviser to Biden who was steering COVID-19 policy, ‘was outraged — not too strong a word to describe his reaction — that [Facebook] did not remove this post.‘”
The thing that set off such a violent oppressive effort “was actually a humorous meme shared by a user named Timothy McComas.” Leonardo DiCaprio with beer and cigarette in hand captioned “10 years from now, you will be watching TV and hear…. ‘Did you or a loved one take the COVID vaccine? You may be entitled…‘”
Slavitt came unglued over that. “More importantly, he was irate that others were amused. Hundreds of thousands of others.” That was the real problem. “McComas had to be censored because such humor ‘demonstrably inhibits confidence in COVID vaccines amongst those the Biden Administration is trying to reach.‘”
THE FACEBOOK FILES PART 2.
Newly subpoenaed documents reveal Facebook bowed to the Biden White House’s pressure to remove posts.
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— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 28, 2023
Meanwhile, we’re hearing ads asking if we took the vaccine and want to sue. Facebook won’t be promoting those. “At the same time, the White House was targeting those with well-founded questions over the efficacy of masks, the relative protection of natural immunities and the harm posed to children in the pandemic measures.”
The Biden White House was all over Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to “remove posts criticizing COVID-19 vaccines.” By August 2, 2021, company leadership was trying to “brainstorm some additional policy levers we can pull to be more aggressive.” Joe Biden’s handlers were hounding them incessantly.
“There was to be no allowance for humor or even true information that did not advance the government’s narrative. The House has uncovered a myriad of grants given to academic and private groups to blacklist and target those with opposing views, including the posting of true information.“