Revealing answer by WH Press Secretary on the Censorship of President Trump by Twitter & Big Tech— The Columbia Bugle ?? (@ColumbiaBugle) February 1, 2021
WH Press Secretary Psaki: “We’ve spoken to and [Biden has] spoken to the need for social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech.” pic.twitter.com/jabB6hGl0R
Wait … what?
“White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday indicated the Biden administration was prepared to stand up to China’s efforts to “weaponize” private companies’ dependence on its markets in order to censor free speech.
“American consumers and consumers everywhere deserve to know that their goods or the goods they are buying are not made with forced labor and many companies are standing up for consumers rights,” Psaki said. “The international community in our view should oppose China’s weaponizing of private companies dependence on its markets to stifle free expression and inhibit ethical business practices.”
When it came to specific actions the administration could take to promote ethical business practices and to protect companies, Psaki said the White House can work with the international community and the private sector. …”
“Q And then, last one on the forced labor in Xinjiang, in China. Some companies have come under pressure from the Chinese government, and some retailers have actually dropped pledges not to use products made with forced labor from that region. So, you know, what is the U.S. doing to stop or deter China from making those kind of threats against companies that have resulted in this problem?
MS. PSAKI: Well, we certainly have been watching this issue closely, as you well know, and we’ve taken our own strong actions in order to prevent China from profiting off of its horrific human rights abuses in Xinjiang and to stop imports of products made with forced labor in China.
American consumers and consumers everywhere deserve to know that their goods are — that the goods they are buying are not made with forced labor, and many companies are standing up for consumers’ rights.
The international community, in our view, should oppose China’s weaponizing of private companies’ dependence on its markets to stifle free expression and inhibit ethical business practices. So it is something we are watching closely.
We’ve, of course, taken our own action. I would expect that State and Commerce will have more to say on this later today.
Q And just one quick follow-up, though. It’s — because it seems like you’ve been having this message out there for the first couple months of this administration, but it’s — China only seems more emboldened to threaten these companies. So what more can be done from the White House to try to deter them from making these threats?
MS. PSAKI: Well, we can work with our international partners, obviously, as I conveyed, on how we’re going to push back on China’s efforts to weaponize private companies. And we can convey publicly, as we are now, and of course engage with private sector entities about these efforts.
But a lot of that action would happen from Commerce and, in some cases, the State Department. And again, I expect they’ll have more specifics to say later today on this.
Go ahead, Kaitlan.
China is stifling free expression?
China is weaponizing private companies to stifle free expression?