(FreedomBeacon.com)- Last week Colorado Republican Congressman Ken Buck sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding that he explain Facebook’s decision to censor content related to the COVID-19 lab leak theory.
In his letter, Buck tells Zuck that Facebook once again finds itself in the “embarrassing position” of defending its “censorship of legitimate content.”
With its decision to censor the lab leak theory, Buck accuses Facebook of falling for Communist Chinese propaganda. It had nothing to do with the pretense of “combatting misinformation about COVID-19.” Instead, Facebook just bought into the claim that any reports about the Wuhan Institute of Virology being the source of the pandemic was “racist” and xenophobic.
This of course was the claim made by Peter Daszak in the coordinated statement published by the Lancet last spring which was then parroted by NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
During the course of the pandemic, Zuckerberg exchanged a number of emails with Dr. Fauci about Facebook’s content as well as its participation in providing information regarding COVID-19.
But it isn’t just Facebook’s censorship of the lab leak theory that Buck finds problematic. Buck also brings up Facebook’s censorship of reporting surrounding Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop. In effect, Buck’s letter accuses Facebook of trying to protect Joe Biden’s campaign through the “unconditional erasure of reports that were damaging” to him.
Buck’s letter also cites a report that claims both Facebook and its partner Instagram are primary methods of online sex trafficking. He calls out Facebook’s “misalignment of values” and says it is “deeply disconcerting” that the social media giant would police Constitutionally-protected speech while simultaneously failing to “effectively screen illegal and exploitive content.”
The report on Human Trafficking Buck cites found that 59% of online victim recruitment in active sex trafficking cases happened on Facebook.
Ken Buck has been a longtime critic of big tech companies. He called for Congress to break up Facebook after its Oversight Board ruled that former President Donald Trump’s suspension from the platform would last for a minimum of two years. Buck has also attacked Apple for its use of slave labor in China.