D.C. AG Subpoenas Facebook For Data From Users Who’ve 'Spread COVID-19 Misinformation'

P. Gardner Goldsmith | July 7, 2021
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It’s that heady mix of high-and-mighty political thuggery and mercurial “social media standards.”

What could go wrong?

Karl Racine, the District of Columbia’s Attorney General, has issued a subpoena telling Facebook to release all info it has on those who – GASP! – have posted what the social media giant claims is “COVID-19 misinformation”

So, we can assume the trove includes any official FB posts pertaining to COVID-19 stats from CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, The Washington Post, other “papers,” the CDC, numerous politicians, and, to a lesser extent, Fox News? After all, the data sets promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control on which most “news outlets” based their reports were faulty from the outset. The PCR test for COVID-19 produces many false positives when its “cycle threshold” is higher than 28 (meaning it is taking a small amount of genetic material and multiplying it by 2 to the 28th power) and because, for over a year, the federal government financially subsidized medical facilities for claiming that deaths WITH the virus were deaths FROM the virus.

Those faulty data sets tell us that any and all reports on case and death numbers were, by definition, misinformation. So, surely the Facebook team will want to hand all that to the D.C. Attorney General.

This doesn't even include the public statements by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the unconstitutional National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease – statements that conflicted with his personal actions and personal communications.

Racine's new subpoena calls on Facebook to release an internal study it conducted that reportedly documents all the pages, groups and individual users flagged for spreading vaccine "misinformation" to supposedly determine how many resources the social media giant has devoted to tamping out such "fake news," as leftist politicians attempt to hold platforms like Facebook and Twitter accountable for allowing non-government-approved speech to run rampant among Americans who supposedly still live under First Amendment protections.

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Abbie McDonough, Racine's ironically-titled "communications director," told POLITICO the investigation "aims to make sure Facebook is truly taking all steps possible to minimize vaccine misinformation on its site and support public health.”

What about debate? What about free exchange of ideas so that people can think for themselves and not be told how to live? Why must truth be dictated by the government and corporate media?

How is it that information Facebook once said was MISINFORMATION – for example, the strong link between COVID-19 and unconstitutional, unethical U.S. funding of gain-of-function viral research in the States and overseas – is not categorized as misinformation now?

How is it that Facebook never can be wrong, even though its primarily leftist “fact-checkers” were months behind site users it censored for talking about Wuhan and NIH funding that passed through intermediary EcoHealth Alliance to gain-of-function research?

Destroying the First and Fourth Amendments is perfectly fine, as long as the bureaucracy can claim that by policing speech, they are pretending to “protect consumers.”

Consumers of what? 


Remember that when you buy a book or magazine - the sainted D.C. Attorney General, Mr. Racine might tell the bookstore to turn over your sales slip. Or, if you’re an author, he might tell you to stop writing your book. Because, of course, “consumers” of words could get hurt by looking at letters on a page.

Sometimes, ego and conceit far outstrip common sense. It might be beneficial to speak out against them while one can.

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