This story is disturbing. It exhibits tremendous levels of deceit, corruption, and contempt for American ideals.
The saddest aspect of this tale may be the likelihood that you won’t be shocked. Particularly if you have been paying attention over the last few years.
The story is that, in order to combat what the Department of Homeland Security refers to as “misinformation,” “disinformation,” and “malinformation,” or “MDM,” Twitter as well as other social media networks have been working closely with the agency.
But you already knew that.
And perhaps Elon Musk did when he bought Twitter last week.
Prior to the 2020 election, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top lawyer, and Parag Agrawal, the company’s CEO, were both fired. Vijaya Gadde was also in charge of removing former President Donald Trump from the platform and censoring the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
You undoubtedly recall when DHS launched what it dubbed its Disinformation Governance Board a few months ago, intended to combat “MDM” on social media. The Biden administration had to remove it from the spotlight right away due to a firestorm of negative press.
Gadde, though, is still involved in the idea and has contributed to it.
Gadde is a member of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s advisory council (CISA). The committee released a report in June that, in essence, stated that there was a need to circumvent the First Amendment in order to prohibit “MDM” since it “poses a significant risk to critical functions like elections, public health, financial services and emergency response.”
The agency is pursuing “MDM” on “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.” according to DHS papers published by The Intercept.
In other words, DHS aims to attack or suppress any opposing viewpoints in order to advance the Biden administration’s position on many of the issues that Americans may be debating on social media.
And Twitter has indeed been directly involved in it.
Gadde had regular meetings with DHS to discuss suppression, and along with Facebook and Twitter, they “created special portals for the government to rapidly request takedowns of content.” according to Lee Fang, one of the writers of the The Intercept report.
Facebook and Twitter created special portals for the government to rapidly request takedowns of content. The portals, along with NGO partners used to censor a wide range of content, including obvious parody accounts and content disagreeing w gov pandemic policy. pic.twitter.com/Jth0WUfXAI
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) October 31, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
In March, top officials of Twitter and JPMorgan Chase met with Laura Dehmlow, section chief of the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force. Dehmlow said subversive information on the internet could undercut support for the U.S. government, according to notes of the meeting reported by The Intercept.
In a statement for The Intercept report, a Twitter representative said the company does not “coordinate with other entities when making content moderation decisions,” following, rather, its own rules in such situations.
Still, Twitter joined other tech companies in monthly meetings with the FBI, CISA and other government agencies to determine how to handle misinformation leading up to the 2020 elections, according to NBC News. CONTINUE READING…