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Dems’ Dark-Money Megafund Bankrolling Its Orwellian Censorship Campaign

'Allowing a small set of people who behave horribly to dominate the platform is Facebook’s choice, not an inevitability... '

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) A Democrat-linked consulting firm known as Arabella Advisors is quietly funding research into how “misinformation” and “disinformation” can spread.

Run by former Bill Clinton official Eric Kessler, Arabella Advisors manages several different nonprofits such as the Sixteen Thirty Fund, Hopewell Fund, North Fund and New Venture Fund.

According to the Daily Caller, all of these nonprofits donate to leftist groups, causes and political candidates. Several donations have gone towards researching the effects of misinformation and disinformation, and how to slow its spread. Of course, in all the cases handled by the leftist groups, they decide what is misinformation based on whether opinions align with their own radical dogmas.

The New Venture Fund paid for a project called “The True Costs of Misinformation.” The research led by Joan Donovan, research director for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, focused on “vulnerable communities”.

A workshop featuring panels on related topics was also a funded part of the project.

Another presentation, titled “What is Driving Conservatism’s Post-Democratic Turn in America?” looked at the apparent impact misinformation leaves and whether it results in “anti-democratic” mindsets on part of conservatives.

“How did American conservatives reach a point where their main political messages are either blatantly anti-democratic or outright falsehoods?” the presentation’s description read. The description also claimed that party loyalty in the U.S. is “largely stoked by conservative propaganda and disinformation.”

A separate panel discussed “misinformation mitigation,” featuring speakers from the University of Washington, Google and other places.

Among the strategies was taking legal action to stop misinformation, as well as introducing “psychological inoculation” against both disinformation and misinformation.

Another project, also funded by the Arabella Advisors via the Hopewell Fund, looked into how misinformation spreads on Facebook by focusing on what they call “super users.”

The report cited examples of people who spread misinformation. One example given was “Calvin,” who uses “‘gay’ as a slur and declares that black neighborhoods are always ‘SHITHOLES.'” There is also “Michielle,” who criticizes the “plandemic.”

“Allowing a small set of people who behave horribly to dominate the platform is Facebook’s choice, not an inevitability,” the article reads. “If each of Facebook’s 15,000 U.S. moderators aggressively reviewed several dozen of the most active users and permanently removed those guilty of repeated violations, abuse on Facebook would drop drastically within days.”

Arabella Advisors controls their affiliates and manages funding, but also promotes activism and supports Democratic Super PACs.

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