NY Gov. Hochul Wants Facebook to Censor Pro-Life Posts, Tries to Block Religious Exemptions for Vaccine

NY Gov. Hochul Wants Facebook to Censor Pro-Life Posts, Tries to Block Religious Exemptions for Vaccine Steve Warren, CBN News & Tré Goins-Phillips, Faithwire for CBN News

Earlier this week, Google removed online advertising for the pro-life group Live Action. Now comes word that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has approached Facebook to take steps to censor abortion-related information that she doesn’t like.

The Blaze reports Hochul wrote a letter to Facebook founder, chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in which she requested “information on any and all existing efforts to combat misinformation regarding abortion laws, procedures, and their availability.”

She also pressed for Zuckerberg to, “Take additional action to curb the spread of this misinformation, as Facebook has with information related to COVID-19, vaccines, and voting rights.”

“Each day, posts are liked and shared on your site that make false claims about abortion procedures and reproductive health legislation, and this misinformation has hit close to home,” Hochul said in the letter. “An analysis of Facebook engagement between January 1 and March 20, 2019, found that four of the top 10 stories receiving the most engagement on the platform were articles about the New York State Reproductive Health Act from anti-choice news sources that misrepresented the bill,” she claimed even though her letter does not include a citation.

“These articles, memes, and other shared posts often describe horrific procedures that have no basis in reality, cite entirely made-up studies, and purposefully inflate or misrepresent public health data. The goal behind these posts is clear: to sow fear, confusion, and shame, and to advance an agenda to control women’s bodies,” she claimed.

As CBN News reported, Hochul took over for disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month after he announced he would resign over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations a year after he was hailed by the national news media for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was later exposed for taking very controversial steps like putting COVID patients in nursing homes where the deadly virus was spreading rapidly.

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