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Pfizer executive, White House involved in COVID censorship on social media

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Ryan Robertson

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It’s now obvious whether it was Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp, the federal government actively tried to censor content it didn’t like about COVID-19 on social media platforms. According to a new Twitter Files dump, a Pfizer executive was also interested in censoring posts.

Independent journalist Alex Berenson reported the latest Twitter Files findings. On his “Unreported Truths” Substack newsletter, Berenson highlighted exchanges between a Twitter employee and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member and former FDA commissioner.

Gottlieb took issue with one tweet from Dr. Brett Giroir, another former head of the FDA. Giroir called attention to an Israeli study proving natural immunity to COVID-19 was more effective than vaccine-derived immunity.

A tweet from Brett Girnoir that says" It's now clear #COVID19 natural immunity is superior to #vaccine immunity, by ALOT. There's no science justification for #vax proof if a person had prior infection. @CDCDirector @POTUS must follow the science. If no previous infection? Get vaccinated!"

Because of this, Giroir argued mandates demanding proof of vaccination weren’t scientifically justified. However, far from being a vaccine denier, Giroir also said people with no history of infection should get vaccinated.

Even though emails show Giroir’s tweet didn’t violate any of Twitter’s rules, the pressure campaign Gottlieb launched from his Pfizer office resulted in Twitter labeling Giroir’s tweet as “misleading” and blocked most people from seeing it.

COVID-19 vaccines accounted for about half of Pfizer’s $81 billion in sales in 2021.

While Twitter was busy giving access and clout to the government and pharmaceutical giants, the Biden White House was growing angry with Facebook for not following suit. Newly released documents and emails show the White House’s director of digital media, Rob Flaherty, told a Facebook executive the White House thought the social media platform was a top driver of vaccine hesitancy.

Flaherty demanded Facebook make changes to its policies so posts that didn’t cast vaccines in a positive light be removed. Facebook made several changes to its practices dealing with the posts in question, resulting in the censorship of thousands of Americans.

The documents relating to Facebook and Rob Flaherty were released as part of an ongoing free speech lawsuit brought by the Attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana against the Biden administration. 

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IT’S NOW OBVIOUS WHETHER IT WAS TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR WHATSAPP, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTIVELY TRIED TO CENSOR CONTENT IT DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT COVID19 ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.

ACCORDING TO A NEW TWITTER FILES DUMP, A PFIZER EXECUTIVE WAS ALSO INTERESTED IN CENSORING POSTS.

INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST ALEX BERENSON REPORTED THE LATEST TWITTER FILES FINDINGS. BERENSON HIGHLIGHTS EXCHANGES BETWEEN A TWITTER EMPLOYEE AND DR. SCOTT GOTTLIEB, A PFIZER BOARD MEMBER AND FORMER FDA COMMISSIONER.

GOTTLIEB TOOK ISSUE WITH ONE TWEET IN PARTICULAR, FROM DR. BRETT GIROIR ANOTHER FORMER HEAD OF THE FDA. GIROIR CALLED ATTENTION TO AN ISRAELI STUDY PROVING NATURAL IMMUNITY TO COVID-19 WAS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN VACCINE-DERIVED IMMUNITY.

BECAUSE OF THIS, GIROIR ARGUED MANDATES DEMANDING PROOF OF VACCINATION WEREN’T SCIENTIFICALLY JUSTIFIED, BUT ALSO SAID PEOPLE WITH NO HISTORY OF INFECTION SHOULD GET VACCINATED.

EVEN THOUGH EMAILS SHOW GIROIR’S TWEET DIDN’T VIOLATE ANY OF TWITTER’S RULES, THE PRESSURE CAMPAIGN GOTTLIEB LAUNCHED FROM HIS PFIZER OFFICE RESULTED IN TWITTER LABELING GIROIR’S TWEET AS MISLEADING, AND BLOCKED MOST PEOPLE FROM SEEING IT.

COVID VACCINES ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT HALF OF PFIZER’S $81 BILLION IN SALES IN 2021.

WHILE TWITTER WAS BUSY GIVING ACCESS AND CLOUT TO THE GOVERNMENT AND PHRARMACEUTICAL GIANTS, THE BIDEN WHITE HOUSE WAS GROWING ANGRY WITH FACEBOOK FOR NOT PLAYING BALL.

NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS AND EMAILS SHOW THE WHITE HOUSE’S DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA, ROB FLAHERTY, TOLD A FACEBOOK EXECUTIVE THE WHITE HOUSE THOUGHT THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM WAS A TOP DRIVER OF VACCINE HESITANCY. FLAHERTY DEMANDED FACEBOOK MAKE CHANGES TO ITS POLICIES SO POSTS THAT DIDN’T CAST VACCINES IN A POSITIVE LIGHT BE REMOVED.

THE DOCUMENTS RELATING TO FACEBOOK AND ROB FLAHERTY WERE RELEASED AS PART OF AN ONGOING FREE SPEECH LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY THE AG’S OF MISSOURI AND LOUISIANA AGAINST THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION.

THE STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS TEAM HAS PLENTY OF REPORTING ON THE TWITTER FILES AND COVID. WE ALSO HAVE PLENTY OF STORIES ABOUT CENSORSHIP, WHETHER ITS FROM THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT. TO LEARN MORE, GO TO STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS DOT COM.