The Biden regime has already abundantly established that it has no patience for dissent. The Twitter Files show regime lackeys pressuring Twitter, along with other social media giants, to silence people who dared question, among other things, its COVID-19 narrative — yes, the one that has been shown to have been full of holes all along. But as is so often the case these days, it gets worse. Now it has come to light that the Biden White House actually pressured Meta to censor private WhatsApp texts that dared to express disagreement from the regime’s line. Yes, private texts.
This is not some crazy “far right” conspiracy theory (many of which have turned out to be true, anyway). It comes from investigative journalist David Zweig, whose Leftist bona fides are impeccable: he has written for The Atlantic, New York magazine, and Wired, among others. Despite this background, Zweig has had the integrity to reveal that the Biden regime is even more obsessed with crushing dissenting voices than we had previously known, and rivals even Stalin and Mao in its determination to allow only the approved line to be aired.
Zweig “gained access to emails between White House staffers and Meta executives about WhatsApp that underlie this investigative report. The emails were obtained through discovery in Missouri v Biden, a first amendment case brought by two attorneys general, and New Civil Liberties Alliance (a nonprofit public interest law firm) on behalf of private plaintiffs.” These emails demonstrate that less than a week after taking power, Biden’s handlers began talks with Meta executives regarding “content moderation.” That was when things took a dark turn.
Zweig notes that “of specific concern was vaccine hesitancy and how Meta would combat this across its multiple platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.” That much was to be expected, given what we already know about how Old Joe’s henchmen worked to censor dissidents on Twitter. But regime wonks made “repeated queries about another Meta property, WhatsApp, a service designed for private messaging.” Almost all of WhatsApp’s users make use of the platform for just that — private messages with one other person. Zweig says that “according to Meta, 90% of WhatsApp messages are from one person to another,” and while the app does have a group option, “groups typically have fewer than 10 people.” Yet Biden’s handlers wanted to censor disagreement even on WhatsApp.
One of the chief Stalinists, Rob Flaherty, the Biden White House’s Director of Digital Strategy, sent “multiple emails” to Meta top dogs, demanding they “tell him what interventions the company had taken on WhatsApp.” He “wanted to know what they were doing to reduce harm on the messaging app.” On March 22, 2021, this tinhorn authoritarian demanded specific information about how Meta was deep-sixing dissident WhatsApp messages: “I’m confused about how you’re measuring reduction of harm.” Apparently referring to WhatsApp’s pledge of privacy to its users, he added, “If you can’t see the message, I’m genuinely curious—how do you know what kinds of messages you’ve cut down on? Assuming you’ve got a good mousetrap here, that’s the kind of info we’re looking for above: what interventions you’ve taken, and what you’ve found to work and not work?” Mousetrap? Did the Biden regime expect WhatsApp to set out some kind of bait in order to trap dissidents?
Because of the difficulty of isolating individual dissenting texts, the objective quickly became one of propaganda rather than censorship. Zweig states that “because of WhatsApp’s structure, targeted suppression or censorship of certain information did not appear possible. Instead, much of the aim of the content moderation on WhatsApp, therefore, was to ‘push’ information to users.” WhatsApp users were inundated with agitprop from the WHO, UNICEF, and “more than 100 governments and health ministries.” Flaherty, however, wasn’t satisfied with this, and continued to push for more. When “a Meta employee responded to Flaherty’s questions, explaining that WhatsApp is for private messaging,” Flaherty “replied that he was ‘very aware’ and added a smiley face.”
The primary tool that the app had to suppress dissent, however, was simply to limit the ability to forward messages. But Flaherty was still unhappy, writing Meta honchos, “I care mostly about what actions and changes you’re making to ensure you’re not making our country’s vaccine hesitancy problem worse. I still don’t have a good, empirical answer on how effective you’ve been at reducing the spread of vaccine-skeptical content and misinformation to vaccine fence sitters.”
Remember, he was writing this about a private messaging service. How long before the Biden regime starts hiring people to read your personal texts and censor those that contain what it considers to be “misinformation”? That idea might not be as fanciful, or that day as far off, as we would like to think.
John Keating says
Just continuing with the “plan” of turning the USA into a fiefdom of the CCP! Paranoid? Absolutely!
David Ray says
This pure bullshit administration sicced an IRS goon to the HOME of liberal journalist, Matt Taibbi’s house to make a not-so-vailed threat.
It’s not paranoia.
Justin Swingle says
JOE BIDEN IS AMERICA’S GREATEST THREAT
I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms, are hostile to people of faith and spirituality, demonize the police and protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, dragging us ever closer to nuclear war. TULSI GABBARD
Ugly Sid says
I believe the proper adjectival form of the noun Democrat is Democrat, so as not be confused with the democratic concept and processes of consensual governance, which the Democrat Party abhors and resists with contra patriotic fury and international funding.
Mo de Profit says
A police officer was charged with a crime because he sent private messages on WhatsAPP that the UK government disapproved.
Plus they implemented the “Forwarded many times” feature which meant anything popular, such as pictures of government officials breaking the rules they had set for us plebs.
Tex the Mockingbird says
All those gutter level liberal journalists who accused Trump of destroying our Freedoms should resign
Gracie Storvika says
In 76 years, I never thought I would see the day when so many of our freedoms would vanish–like early morning frost once the sun hits it. Where are those who cherish our hard fought for God given rights? I feel as though my head could explode when I learn of such devilment such as this.
We’re here and we are angry and determined that they will not win!!! Even if it takes the unthinkable.
Edie Boudreau says
When Biden’s regime concentrates so virently on censorship and control of the people he is supposed to represent, how is anyone supposed to remain loyal to him and his administration? Anyone with a brain, eyes to see, and ears to listen has to be mentally unbalanced if they do support him. Unfortunately, too many Democrats don’t want to know anything that would force them to rebel.
I thank God for Elon Musk and his gift to America of $44 billion to restore freedom of speech on Twitter–the result of which has led to open exposure of the government’s and the militarized agencies pressurizing of Twitter management to censor and led to Americans’ outrage.
I have seen this Flaherty’s name before I believe in regard to Covid related censorship being sought by the White House on Twitter. And taxpayers are paying someone to be the administration’s censor just why?
Walter Sieruk says
George Washington had, very wisely, declared, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.”
The term “reduce harm” wielded to suppress freedom of speech shows that those using it consider the Constitution to be harmful.
Hateful, harmful, inciting, politically incorrect, socially unacceptable? BULLSHIT!
GUARDED speech is NOT
We have a right to speak.
Those who must at all times be offended have the option of not listening!
Spurwing Plover says
Try to send in a e-mail try to gain access to a conservative website and find it banned by Big Rother/UN /Gates/Soros