(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Newly disclosed documents from the Department of Homeland Security turned a glaring spotlight on the long-running efforts that the Biden administration has tried to hide from the public about its extensive and coercive collaboration with Big Tech to police free speech and censor social media.
Those efforts predated the creation of the Biden regime’s disastrous Disinformation Governance Board and have been extended and expanded after its demise, according to new reporting from The Intercept.
The bombshell revelations resulted from a combination of emails, DHS leaks and “meeting minutes and other records appended to a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt,” which alleged that Biden regime officials “pressured and colluded” with Big Tech companies to censor views they found objectionable and deemed disinformation.
Those machinations “have ranged from the scale and scope of government intervention in online discourse to the mechanics of streamlining takedown requests for false or intentionally misleading information,” reported The Intercept.
“Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain,” Microsoft executive Matt Masterson, a former DHS official, texted Jen Easterly, a DHS director, in February.”
That was followed by a March meeting, when an FBI official “warned that the threat of subversive information on social media could undermine support for the U.S. government.”
During the meeting, which was “attended by senior executives from Twitter and JPMorgan Chase,” the FBI official “stressed that ‘we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable.’”
One of the more nefarious methods used to achieve that end included having Meta’s Facebook design a special portal that would enable government officials to designate “disinformation” and demand its suppression. The Intercept reported:
“There is also a formalized process for government officials to directly flag content on Facebook or Instagram and request that it be throttled or suppressed through a special Facebook portal that requires a government or law enforcement email to use.
At the time of writing, the ‘content request system’ at facebook.com/xtakedowns/login is still live. DHS and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.”
#DHSLeaks changes everything
Now we know who was behind the algorithm, trending, Wikipedia, and search results all along
It was feds
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 31, 2022
The alleged dismantling of Biden’s Ministry of Truth, “doesn’t mean DHS has stopped trying to censor you,” noted Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “They are. You just didn’t know about it.”
That’s changed, Carlson said, and because of the recent revelations “We know that companies like Facebook and Twitter have been working closely with the Biden administration to, quote, curb speech that the administration doesn’t approve of.”
“Emails also show that Twitter’s top censor Vijaya Gadde, who was just fired by Elon Musk, met every month with the Bien administration’s censors at Biden’s DHS to talk about new ways to get you to shut up in an unconstitutional fashion,” Carlson related of The Intercept’s reporting.
The emails and documents show close collaboration b/w DHS & private sector. Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde (fired by @elonmusk last week) met monthly with DHS to discuss censorship plans. Microsoft exec texted DHS: “Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t” pic.twitter.com/Z19yLM3miB
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) October 31, 2022
The deliberate suppression and censorship of potentially objectionable material wasn’t limited to “disinformation” coming from foreign government or agencies, extending to cover a wide range of what the Biden regime might deem unacceptable, according to emails and leaks obtained by The Intercept.
“According to a draft copy of DHS’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, DHS’s capstone report outlining the department’s strategy and priorities in the coming years, the department plans to target ‘inaccurate information’ on a wide range of topics, including ‘the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine,’” reported The Intercept.
Extremely important – and infuriating – report on Biden Admin’s use of government power to monitor and suppress speech. This is the most anti-First Amendment administration in our history https://t.co/3h45EvqWhs
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 31, 2022