Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘Smoking-Gun Documents’ Prove Facebook Censored Americans on Behalf of White House

GOP Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio shared in a lengthy social media thread Thursday what he called “smoking-gun documents” proving that Facebook censored Americans on behalf of the Biden administration.

In the all-caps message Jordan wrote, “THE FACEBOOK FILES PART 1: SMOKING-GUN DOCS PROVE FACEBOOK CENSORED AMERICANS BECAUSE OF BIDEN WHITE HOUSE PRESSURE,” before launching into a lengthy thread similar to the so-called “Twitter Files” used earlier in the year to disclose documents given to journalists after Elon Musk purchased the social media platform.

“Never-before-released internal documents subpoenaed by the Judiciary Committee PROVE that Facebook and Instagram censored posts and changed their content moderation policies because of unconstitutional pressure from the Biden White House,” wrote Jordan on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“During the first half of 2021, social media companies like Facebook faced tremendous pressure from the Biden White House — both publicly and privately — to crack down on alleged ‘misinformation,'” Jordan continued. “In April 2021, a Facebook employee circulated an email for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, writing: ‘We are facing continued pressure from external stakeholders, including the [Biden] White House’ to remove posts.”

Jordan wrote that an April 2021 email revealed that an executive at Facebook informed his team that a senior adviser with the Biden administration was “outraged” that Facebook did not remove a particular post. According to Jordan, the post was a meme of actor Leonardo DiCaprio pointing at a TV with the caption, “10 years from now, you will be watching TV and hear…Did you or a loved one take the Covid vaccine? You may be entitled to…”

Facebook noted that “removing content like that would represent a significant incursion into traditional boundaries of free expression in the U.S..” Still, Andy Slavitt, a Biden senior adviser, was upset over the meme and “disregarded the warning and the First Amendment,” said Jordan.

“What happened next? Facebook panicked,” wrote Jordan. “In another April 2021 email, Facebook’s VP of public policy, Brian Rice, raised the concern that Slavitt’s challenge felt ‘very much like a crossroads for us with the [Biden] White House in these early days.'”

Facebook wanted to repair its relationship with the White House according to Rep. Jordan

Jordan noted, “Facebook wanted to repair its relationship with the White House to avoid adverse action,” and produced a document in which someone who appears to be a staffer at Facebook wrote in an internal document, “Given what is at stake here, it would also be a good idea if we could regroup and take stock of where we are in our relations with the [White House], and our internal methods too.”

“This wasn’t the first time that the Biden White House was angry that Facebook didn’t censor more,” wrote Jordan before listing other examples. “In July 2021, President Biden publicly denounced Facebook and other social media platforms, claiming they were ‘killing people’ by not censoring alleged ‘misinformation,’ wrote Jordan. On August 2, 2021, Facebook admitted it was going to change its policies because of pressure from the Biden White House.”

Jordan then wrote, “It wasn’t just the White House” because “Facebook also changed its policies in direct response to pressure from Biden’s Surgeon General, censoring members of the ‘disinformation dozen'” for the sharing of Covid claims. 

“These documents, AND OTHERS that were just produced to the Committee, prove that the Biden Admin abused its powers to coerce Facebook into censoring Americans, preventing free and open discourse on issues of critical public importance,” wrote Jordan.

He continued, “Only after the Committee announced its intention to hold Mark Zuckerberg in contempt did Facebook produce ANY internal documents to the Committee, including these documents, which PROVE that government pressure was directly responsible for censorship on Facebook,” Jordan continued. “Based on Facebook’s newfound commitment to fully cooperate with the Committee’s investigation, the Committee has decided to hold contempt in abeyance. For now. To be clear, contempt is still on the table and WILL be used if Facebook fails to cooperate in FULL.”

Rep. Jordan ended his thread with, “To be continued…”