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CORRECTION: This story was fact-checked by the Associated Press and found to be false.
The article misrepresented the report by Politico, which said, “Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.”
One of the authors of the Politico story, Natasha Korecki, tweeted a clarification before the Conservative Brief article was published, saying, “There is no ability for groups to read individual texts aside from the ones they receive themselves.”
The Associated Press, PolitiFact, USA Today, and other outlets have examined the claim about Democratic monitoring or censoring of private texts and found it to be false. A senior spokesperson for the DNC, Lucas Acosta, told PolitiFact in July 2021 that the DNC “has no ability to access or read people’s private text messages, and we are not working with any government agency, including the White House, to try to see personal text messages.” (The White House declined to comment on the record and directed inquiries to the DNC, according to the AP.)
The CTIA (which originally stood for “Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association”), a group that represents the wireless communications industry and includes AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, released a statement on July 14, 2021, stating that “wireless carriers do not read or moderate the content of text messages that their customers send to each other, nor are carriers working with third parties to do so.”
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The Democrats want to surveil the messages you send on your phone to ensure that you aren’t distributing “misinformation” about the vaccine.
The move comes as Biden has announced a plan to employ “strike forces” to go “door-to-door” to encourage people in places with low vaccination rates to get the shot.
Politico reported on Monday that allies of Joe Biden, including the Democratic National Committee, are now planning to use “fact-checkers” more aggressively and work with SMS/text message carriers to “dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.”
“The goal is to ensure that people who may have difficulty getting a vaccination because of issues like transportation see those barriers lessened or removed entirely,” the publication reported.
“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover,” White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz said.
“When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out,” Munoz added.
The details of the plan were buried in a post about the White House’s response to “vaccine fearmongers,” whose views they say are “completely illogical and it’s potentially a death sentence,” according to John Bridgeland, who co-founded the COVID Collaborative, a group that’s currently teaming up with the Biden administration to handle the “‘door-to-door’ sharing of information with neighbors about the vaccine.”
Bridgeland said that his group, which is already engaged in the initiative, saw people shutting doors “in their faces because they don’t want to get vaccinated.”
Bridgeland said his group had already seen a shift on the ground with people shutting doors “in their faces because they don’t want to get vaccinated.”
His biggest concern is that these lies convince communities [who] are already wary of the vaccines, creating sects of the country where the virus just bounces among the unvaccinated.”
“It’s completely illogical and it’s potentially a death sentence,” Bridgeland said, adding that he’s watched the rhetoric ramp up in recent weeks. “It’s being coordinated by people who have platforms and have an interest in bringing down the current administration.”
As previously reported on the Conservative Brief, the Biden administration believes that it’s “absolutely the government’s business” to know if you got the jab.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is doubling down on Joe Biden’s call to have “strike forces” go “door-to-door” to convince people to take the COVID-19 vaccine, stating that it is “absolutely the government’s business” to know who has gotten the shot and who hasn’t.
Earlier this week, the Biden administration announced that it would be putting together “strike forces” charged with knocking on doors in residential neighborhoods to convince vaccine-hesitant people to get the shot, which they say is completely optional.
In a press conference, Biden described the plan as a communal effort, stating, “Now, we need to go to community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oftentimes, door-to-door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus.”
Becerra’s comments follow remarks by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Joe Biden who announced the plan to convince people to get the vaccine.
“One, targeted by community door-to-door outreach to get remaining Americans vaccinated by ensuring they have the information they need on how both safe and accessible the vaccine is,” said Psaki.
Psaki stated that the administration was working with doctors and addressing access to ensure that the vaccine is available to more people.
“It is ultimately up to individuals, and we certainly recognize that as well. But we’re going to continue to press as hard as we can to use the best practices to continue to increase the vaccination rates around the country,” she said.