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White House reaffirms 'disinformation' stance as Musk revisits Trump Twitter ban

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 5/10/2022 Christian Datoc
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not give a straight reaction to Elon Musk's decision to reverse former President Donald Trump's Twitter ban, but she reaffirmed President Joe Biden's pledge to fight disinformation on social media.

Musk, who reached a buyout agreement with Twitter in April, announced Tuesday that he believes Trump's permanent ban from the platform was a "morally bad decision and foolish in the extreme" and that he plans to reverse the ban once his takeover is finalized.

"I would say it's the decision by a private-sector company to make on who will or will not be allowed on their platforms," Psaki responded when asked about the topic during Tuesday's White House press briefing. "What I will say, broadly speaking, is that our effort is to, of course, make sure that freedom of speech is protected across the country but that also these platforms are not used for forums for disinformation."

"We have seen a history of that — not just on Twitter, but also on Facebook," she continued. "The president believes there's more that needs to be done in reforming Section 230, and there's a lot of bipartisan interest in that, so this may be a reminder of the urgency of doing that."

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