WASHINGTON—Today, Oversight Republicans, led by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.), called on U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to provide all documents and communications regarding the Biden Administration’s efforts to censor medical information and opinions on social media.
“The First Amendment protects all Americans’ right to free speech—speech free from government intervention, free from government intrusion, and most importantly, free from government censorship,” wrote the Republican lawmakers. “It is clear that the Biden Administration’s goal is to actively censor the American people. This is particularly concerning considering Big Tech’s collusion with the science community to suppress the theory COVID-19 originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology—a theory the Biden Administration recently admitted is likely.”
Earlier this month, the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory on combating health misinformation, suggesting children should censor their classmates, journalists be the gatekeepers of fact, and Big Tech be the arbiter of credibility and suppress debate, and called on Big Tech to comply with censoring medical information and opinions. Additionally, White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, recently admitted the Biden Administration is flagging certain “problematic” posts for Facebook.
To conduct oversight of the Biden Administration’s efforts to censor information on social media, the Republican lawmakers call on Surgeon General Murthy to provide all documents and communications regarding the advisory on combating health misinformation as well as all communications with Big Tech.