The Washington Times – Dr. Levine, the Biden administration’s assistant health secretary, has drawn pushback after advocating for tech platforms to crack down on “misinformation” about sex change procedures.
Dr. Levine was trending Monday on social media after a video surfaced in which the transgender health official called for health workers to pressure tech companies to combat misinformation about “the health equity of sexual and gender minorities.”
“There is substantial misinformation about gender-affirming care for transgender and gender-diverse individuals,” said Dr. Levine in the May 27 video presentation before the Federation of State Medical Boards in New Orleans.
Dr. Levine, the first openly transgender person to win Senate confirmation, cited the “onslaught of anti-LGBTQIA+ actions at the state level across the United States,” calling them “dangerous to the public health.”
“We all need to work together to get our voices out in the front line,” said Dr. Levine, an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
“We need to get our voices in the public eye, and we know how effective our medical community can be talking to communities, whether it’s at town halls, schools, conversations with others, and we need to use our clinicians’ voice to collectively advocate for our tech companies to create a healthier, cleaner information environment,” Dr. Levine said.
Commenters on social media blasted Dr. Levine’s remarks, calling them “a violation of the First Amendment,” “a disgrace and an embarrassment,” and “propaganda.”
Declared the conservative website Twitchy: “Big ‘Brother’ is watching! Rachel Levine wants tech companies to censor gender-related ‘misinfo’.”
“The only misinformation out there is a man can be a woman and a woman can be a man,” tweeted the Ginger Ninja account.
Libs of TikTok tweeted that “Rachel Levine calls for big tech to censor ‘health misinformation’ impacting ‘gender affirming care’” …