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White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy accused big tech companies of “allowing” misinformation and applauded Congress for “taking action” to enact more censorship last Thursday.
McCarthy, who also served as an administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency during Barack Obama’s presidency, spoke at an Axios event titled “A Conversation on Countering Misinformation.”
Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond asked McCarthy how the so-called “widespread misinformation about climate change online and on other platforms” has “made your job harder.”
McCarthy responded by criticizing social media companies: “We need to get tighter, we need to improve our communication, and frankly, tech companies need to stop allowing specific individuals over and over again to spread misinformation. That’s what that fossil fuel companies are paying for.”
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She further suggested that “we need to be smarter than that and we need tech companies to really step in.”
McCammond responded by asking, “Isn’t misinformation and climate misinformation a threat to public health itself?”
McCarthy claimed it is “absolutely”:
“Oh, absolutely. You know. It’s not just denial of that, it’s also greenwashing. You have these companies claiming to be part of the solution that just aren’t educating people about this what they’re really doing and how they’re really investing and how people should be investing their money if they really care about the climate.”
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McCarthy also directly praised Congress for pushing social media companies to censor Americans: “We see Congress taking action on these issues, we see them trying to tackle the misinformation that’s out there, trying to hold the companies accountable. .”
The Biden administration has a history of asking Big Tech companies to censor Americans in the name of “public health.”
Biden’s former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said so directly at the press Last year.
“So we regularly make sure that social media platforms are aware of the latest stories, dangerous to public health, that we and many other Americans are seeing on all social and traditional media,” Psaki explained. “And we strive to engage with them to better understand the application of social media platform policies.”
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The White House recently proposed a Disinformation Governance Council to tackle these issues. The project was temporarily on hiatus after the board and its leaders were widely criticized.