The Biden administration has urged Big Tech companies to enforce their “climate misinformation policies” not only to anyone who denies climate change, but also to everyone who questions their “official narratives” on climate solutions.
Gina McCarthy, President Joe Biden’s National Climate Advisor, acknowledged in an interview with Axion for “The Infodemic Age” that their focus has shifted from denying the existence of climate change to questioning the acceleration of climate solutions.
“What they [spreaders of alleged misinformation] are really targeting is our inability to accelerate the answers to climate. The technologies we need moving forward. That is equally dangerous to denial because we have to move fast.”
“We have answers. We have solutions,” McCarthy said, talking about solar and wind energy. “The question is how quickly we can accelerate them. Clean energy is the solution.”
This issue urged the government to collaborate with tech giants and the “Censorship-Industrial Complex” to quickly fact-check and flag content related to climate change misinformation. These third-party fact-checkers censor data from climate denial to debates and discussions about clean energy technologies and other climate solutions. (Related: How green investors pay the media to promote ‘climate change.’)
Social media platforms censored opposing views on their official narratives on climate change
In recent months, social media platforms have censored politicians, environmental activists, conservationists and local citizens who challenged the official narratives of the government and its influential corporate backers about climate change.
Tech giants like LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and TikTok ramp up their censorship of content about the climate “solutions” debate to prevent alternative approaches and more skepticism from opposing views.
For instance, LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, suspended the account of Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy in May after he posted climate-related campaign messages. Ramaswamy then challenged the necessity of fossil fuels for human prosperity and advocated oil production. But soon after facing pressure, LinkedIn eventually reinstated his account.
YouTube also attracted criticism when it attached a “Context” note in an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. discussing his views on climate change. The video was later removed with a “Community Guidelines” warning.
Similarly, TikTok and Facebook have censored prominent climate change critics, Michael Shellenberger and Bjorn Lomborg, who expressed dissenting views on climate change and advocated for fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
However, it is not just politicians and climate critics who have been affected by these policies. Local citizens, conservationists, environmental activists, and small-scale farmers have experienced social media censorship due to their advocacy for alternative approaches to climate and environmental issues.
Local citizens and environmental activists opposing large-scale solar and wind energy projects have faced backlash for posting about the immediate environmental impacts and potential harm to biodiversity and ecosystems. YouTube’s deletion and subsequent restoration of the Protect Thacker Pass channel, which opposes a large lithium mine in Nevada, exemplifies the unpredictable nature of social media censorship.
The broad application of fact-checking and content moderation policies, which often favor ecomodernist solutions backed by influential figures like Bill Gates, has raised concerns about the influence of elites and corporate interests. The voices of small farmers and alternative approaches to climate change are being stifled in favor of dominant narratives.
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