Headline RoundupSeptember 20th, 2023

Biden Campaign Will Be 'More Aggressive' Regarding Potential 2024 Misinformation

Summary from AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign is building a team aimed at being “more aggressive” in countering alleged misinformation spread online during the 2024 election. 

Details: First reported in Politico (Lean Left bias), the Biden campaign is recruiting hundreds of staffers and volunteers to counter what it deems misinformation regarding the 2024 election. Rob Flaherty, the former White House director of digital strategy, is one of the leaders of the misinformation task force. Flaherty’s previous work in the Biden Administration involved pressuring social media platforms to remove posts related to COVID-19 deemed by the administration to be harmful or misleading. 

Key Quotes: “The campaign is going to have to be more aggressive pushing back on misinformation from a communications perspective and filling some of the gaps these companies are leaving behind,” Flaherty told Politico. The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) quoted an anonymous source “close to the Trump campaign” stating, “Team Biden knows that in 2024 Joe can’t win in a fair fight, which is why they spend so much time trying to censor anyone who deviates from their propaganda.”

How the Media Covered It: In Politico’s reporting, Flaherty is described as a “bulldog” and a “social media attack dog,” making him a “target of conservative allegations.” Those allegations were briefly noted in reporting from Politico and The Hill (Center bias). The Washington Examiner included more quotes from conservative voices wary of potential censorship, noting “concerns over how Democrats have coordinated with platforms on content moderation.”

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