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Sen. Mike Lee criticized the Biden administration and Facebook on Friday after White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated the White House is reporting posts on Facebook that disseminate disinformation regarding COVID-19 and immunizations from the surgeon general's office.
On Fox News' "The government can't censor speech," the Utah Republican stated, on America's Newsroom.
"The First Amendment makes that clear. Private, for-profit corporations can make their own decisions but when they do it with collusion in government it looks to me a lot like a First Amendment violation," He noted.
Psaki said to reporters on Thursday that "We've increased disinformation research and tracking. Within the surgeon general's office, we're flagging posts for Facebook that spread disinformation."
"It's important to take faster action against harmful posts," she added, according to Real Clear Politics. "As you are all aware, information on social media networks spreads swiftly. It is not always true, and Facebook needs to remove harmful, violative material more swiftly. Posts that should be removed under their policies are frequently left up for days. That was far too long. The knowledge is disseminated far too soon."
But, according to Lee, Big Tech has not been applying its own standards consistently, which is a problem.
"What we've seen the social media platforms and search engines on many, many occasions of late promising to be even-handed portraying themselves to their users and to the public as even-handed when they are anything but that," Lee added. "The American people aren't going to tolerate that much longer and why I've introduced something called the Promise Act that requires them to offer the service they actually promise."
In recent months, Facebook and Twitter have been busy removing things such as news on Hunter Biden and other items that "are all messages that are deemed to be associated in one way or another with the right and not the left." according to Lee.
"You do not find instances of this happening for messages on the left," Lee remarked. "The reason for that is pretty darn obvious. There again, if they want to run a company and if they are to be 'Leftbook' or 'left-Twitter' that's one thing. When they promise their own users they will be even-handed and do the opposite of that, that's a deceptive business practice."
He also believes Big Tech will begin to "do the right thing" if Republicans take control of Congress and the White House at some point.
"When that happens, if they've waited until then to fix it, things will be a lot more unpleasant for them than they need to be," Lee added, "so I call on them to do the right thing right now."