Biden Administration demanded crackdown on “vaccine-skeptical” WhatsApp chats

Mar 27, 2023 | Political News

The Biden administration was pushing for the censorship of COVID-related content on WhatsApp, according to communications between the White House and , the company that owns the messaging platform.

This move has raised concerns about freedom of expression and the ability to communicate privately on digital platforms.

Unlike Facebook and , which are also owned by Meta, WhatsApp is an encrypted direct messaging platform that is used for private conversations between individuals or small groups. The White House has been pressing Meta executives to find ways to measure “reduction of harm” on WhatsApp, insisting that they must have a “good mousetrap” to observe what conversations are shared on the platform.