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President Joe Biden looks out the window of the Oval Office to the Rose Garden of the White House Monday, July 26, 2021, prior to the president's remarks on the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

President Joe Biden looks out the window of the Oval Office to the Rose Garden of the White House Monday, July 26, 2021, prior to the president’s remarks on the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Social media giant Facebook has flipped out over a video that quotes Joe Biden’s comments about the oil and gas industry and how he’s demanding it be shut down by executive order.

The company slapped a label on the video saying it “could be misleading.”

The latest episode of extreme censorship was outlined in a report in the Daily Signal.

It concerned a video released by Heritage Action for America, which showed Biden “talking about stopping oil drilling.” Facebook claimed, in its censorship, that “independent fact-checkers say this information could mislead people.”

“Facebook then linked to an AFP piece that didn’t address the content of the video,” the Daily Signal reported.

“What’s almost amusing about that is that the Heritage Action video is in Biden’s own words. You can watch for yourself:

In a Daily Signal commentary, Jarrett Stepman explained, “Big Tech decides what’s correct or incorrect, truth or fiction, right or wrong. … What’s almost amusing about that is that the Heritage Action video is in Biden’s own words.”

“Heritage Action simply highlighted President Biden’s own words in a video, and what happened next is atrocious. Facebook’s ‘fact-checkers’ flagged our post for ‘misinformation’ — the very words of Biden,” explained Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson. “Silicon Valley has a chokehold over our daily lives, and every American should be concerned by Big Tech’s out-of-control influence.”

Heritage Action for America is a partner of The Heritage Foundation, the parent of The Daily Signal.

Explained the commentary, “The video illustrates the point that the administration has been unfriendly to increased oil drilling and has prioritized ‘renewable’ green energy over national energy independence. Until recently, the Biden administration was more than happy to promote this policy pivot.”

Stepman noted on Biden’s first day in office, he had the Interior Department pause all new oil drilling permits.

Then a list of new regulations was announced.

“That in no small part is why the administration’s claim that there are 9,000 unused oil permits for drilling on public lands is so misleading, as Harold Hamm explained in The Wall Street Journal.”

Hamm said, “Thousands of those sites can’t be developed as they are held up in litigation. Others require new permits and leases to make a full unit. Thousands more await approval. Conservatively, our data tells us the number of available permits ready for production today stands closer to 1,500, and many of those are already drilling. No leases have been issued for federal land since 2020.”

Biden, meanwhile, has been attempting to portray the massive hike in gasoline prices across the nation as the fault of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. That’s even though the prices had surged long before the invasion.

In fact, Biden’s inflation was measured at 7.5% before the war started, and that was bumped up to 7.9% after.

The commentary explained, “It’s hard not to conclude that Big Tech companies aren’t simply doing what they can to amplify the message of an administration and a political party they’ve so heavily supported.

“Slapping a label on a Heritage Action video calling it misleading is itself misleading, and is just the tip of the iceberg of what Big Tech is up to. The tech titans’ willingness to step into domestic policy debates and arbitrate what is right and wrong and who is worthy of being listened to and who should be silenced has only continued growing.”

Citing social media’s acceptance of statements from Putin, and others like Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, while censoring completely President Trump and some members of Congress, the commentary said, “The bottom line is that Big Tech has become a menace and a threat to free speech and debate in America.”

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