White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy skewered Big Tech companies for “allowing” disinformation and cheered Congress for “taking action” to enact more censorship last Thursday.
McCarthy, who also served as an Environmental Protection Agency administrator during Barack Obama’s presidency, spoke during an Axios event titled “A conversation on battling misinformation.”
Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond asked McCarthy how so-called “rampant mis-and-disinformation around climate change online and in other platforms” has “made your job harder?”
McCarthy responded by slamming social media companies: “We have to get tighter, we have to get better at communicating, and frankly, the tech companies have to stop allowing specific individuals over and over again to spread disinformation. That’s what the fossil fuel companies pay for.”
She suggested further that “we have to be smarter than that and we need the tech companies to really jump in.”
McCammond responded by asking: “Isn’t misinformation and disinfo around climate a threat to public health itself?”
“Oh, absolutely. You know. It’s not just denial of this, it’s also greenwashing. You have these companies that are claiming to be part of the solution that really are just not informing people about what they’re really doing and how they’re really investing and how people should be investing their money if they really care about climate.”- READ MORE