According to a new bombshell investigative report from The Intercept’s Lee Fang and Ken Klippenstein, Facebook and Twitter closely collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security to censor information on a number of topics including the withdrawal from Afghanistan, COVID, and more, Hannity reports.
Years of internal DHS memos, emails, and documents — obtained via leaks and an ongoing lawsuit, as well as public documents — illustrate an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms,” the report says
According to Fang, the social media giants created special portals to communicate with the government to facilitate the rapid removal of content.
“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,” Fang posted on Twitter.
From The Intercept:
THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE DHS INITIATIVES AFFECT AMERICANS’ DAILY SOCIAL FEEDS IS UNCLEAR. DURING THE 2020 ELECTION, THE GOVERNMENT FLAGGED NUMEROUS POSTS AS SUSPICIOUS, MANY OF WHICH WERE THEN TAKEN DOWN, DOCUMENTS CITED IN THE MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LAWSUIT DISCLOSED. AND A 2021 REPORT BY THE ELECTION INTEGRITY PARTNERSHIP AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY FOUND THAT OF NEARLY 4,800 FLAGGED ITEMS, TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS TOOK ACTION ON 35 PERCENT — EITHER REMOVING, LABELING, OR SOFT-BLOCKING SPEECH, MEANING THE USERS WERE ONLY ABLE TO VIEW CONTENT AFTER BYPASSING A WARNING SCREEN. THE RESEARCH WAS DONE “IN CONSULTATION WITH CISA,” THE CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY.
PRIOR TO THE 2020 ELECTION, TECH COMPANIES INCLUDING TWITTER, FACEBOOK, REDDIT, DISCORD, WIKIPEDIA, MICROSOFT, LINKEDIN, AND VERIZON MEDIA MET ON A MONTHLY BASIS WITH THE FBI, CISA, AND OTHER GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES. ACCORDING TO NBC NEWS, THE MEETINGS WERE PART OF AN INITIATIVE, STILL ONGOING, BETWEEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS HOW FIRMS WOULD HANDLE MISINFORMATION DURING THE ELECTION.
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