Texas Senator Ted Cruz claimed in a statement for Fox News on Sunday that Facebook was acting as a state agency during the Covid-19 pandemic and said this behavior should carry legal consequences.
Cruz pointed company is working on behalf of the government and health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci using s proof Facebook’s recent reversal on a rule to flag posts suggesting Covid-19 was man-made.
“These latest breakthroughs have real consequences because it now is clear that Facebook was operating at the direction of and in the direct benefit of the federal government and operating as the government’s censor, utilizing their monopoly position to censor on behalf of the government,” the senator said.
According to Cruz, the fact that Facebook appears to be taking its policing cues from the government and officials like Fauci, means they can’t hide behind their usual “private company defense as they are acting as a state agency.”
“When they say, ‘Should we censor this? And Fauci says, ‘Yes.’ And they censor it for the federal government. And then magically when the government changes its mind and says, ‘Oh, all those facts that were there a year ago, now you’re allowed to talk about it.’ They stop censoring it with the flip of a switch,” Cruz said, adding that the platform should be open to “very serious legal liability.”
Cruz reacted to Facebook announcement on May 26 that it would no longer ban posts suggesting COVID-19 is man-made – a measure implemented since February- amid calls from Biden’s administration and the president himself for further investigation into the pandemic’s origins.
He alleges the social media giant was prompted to change their policy only after government officials took a lighter stance on theories that the virus was created in a Wuhan lab accident, and claims this should possibly open them up to legal action from previously-censored users.
“If you went out and posted the facts that led a year ago to the very strong likelihood that the COVID virus escaped from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, China, if you posted that a year ago and they took it down, I think there’s a very good argument you have a cause of action against Facebook,” he said.