This week in US politics: Biden takes on Facebook, cosies up to Fox News, to battle vaccine hesitancy

Welcome to your weekly run-down of all the big news, strange rules and interesting happenings from the world of US politics.

Joe Biden campaigned on making politics boring, and since taking office, he’s been called boring by everyone from Donald Trump to his top White House staffers (yes, even by us, too).

Just last week The New York Times published a widely shared analysis of how “mind-numbingly tedious” the “explainer-in-chief” can be.

So this week it was bracing, like stepping out into a stiff winter breeze, to see the President answer a question about vaccine misinformation spreading on social media

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Facebook banning Donald Trump is First Amendment issue for some in GOP

The Facebook oversight board’s decision this month to extend the suspension of former President Donald Trump’s account  raised the ire of some on the right. Trump’s account has been frozen since Jan. 7, after he praised supporters who launched a deadly attack on the Capitol, but Facebook said it would consult experts to determine when “the risk to public safety has receded.” 

“If Big Tech can ban a former president, what’s to stop them from silencing the American people next?” said Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.

Conservatives’ reactions reflect a new push to expand First Amendment free speech protections

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