(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – The Biden White House made steps to influence Facebook, even requesting algorithm adjustments to make its favorite media sources more accessible to users, according to new documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
In the most recent round of revelations, which Rep. Jordan is referring to as “The Facebook Files,” Biden White House director of digital strategy Rob Flaherty is seen recommending Facebook change its algorithm to favor The New York Times.
He demanded the algorithm be changed to rival publications like Tomi Lahren and the Daily Wire.
Oh my goodness.
This is from @Jim_Jordan's latest Facebook Files.
Former Biden White House official @Rob_Flaherty asked Facebook to alter their algorithm so people were more likely to see the New York Times over @realDailyWire, @TomiLahren, and other "polarizing people." pic.twitter.com/t05zmZZAtF
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 3, 2023
“If you were to change the algorithm so that people were more likely to see NYT, WSJ, any authoritative news source over Daily Wire, Tomi Lahren, polarizing people,” said Flaherty.
He asked, “You wouldn’t have a mechanism to check the material impact?”
This is the most recent disclosure from Rep. Jordan’s Facebook Files, a correspondence between Facebook and the Biden White House that was only obtained following intense pressure from the Judiciary Committee.
It also included a threat to hold Mark Zuckerberg in contempt of Congress.
Flaherty’s name has previously been mentioned. Through Missouri v. Biden, further emails between Biden’s digital strategy point person and Facebook representatives have been made public.
These emails demonstrate Flaherty asking Facebook to monitor and ban WhatsApp users, a purportedly encrypted private messaging medium.
In an email to Facebook representatives made public through the lawsuit, Flaherty questioned how the social media company could stop “misinformation” on WhatsApp if they couldn’t view users’ communications.
“If you can’t see the message, I’m genuinely curious—how do you know what kinds of messages you’ve cut down on?”
In a subsequent email, Flaherty attacked Facebook for doing nothing to stop the spread of “vaccine-skeptical” material.
“I care mostly about what actions and changes you’re making to ensure you’re not making our country’s vaccine hesitancy problem worse,” he wrote.
“I still don’t have a good, empirical answer on how effective you’ve been at reducing the spread of vaccine-skeptical content and misinformation to vaccine fence sitters,” he added.
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