Biden administration outsources online censorship of conservatives
Woke academics and Democratic Party loyalists are using taxpayer dollars to control the internet and suppress the voices of critics of the Biden administration.
During the 2020 election cycle, the Deep State and Silicon Valley worked tirelessly to limit the reach of conservatives on social media platforms. Today, the Departments of Homeland Security and State support the same cabal’s efforts to control social media platforms during the midterm election campaign.
In early September, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in his state, released emails indicating collaboration between President Biden’s executive branch and Silicon Valley to censor Americans online. The emails show that more than 45 officials from various federal agencies and numerous White House staffers are in regular conversation with social media companies about removing “unwanted” content from their platforms – content from the political opposition from the administration.
But a group of progressive private-sector agents are also stepping in, funded by millions of dollars in DHS and state grants. The group – the Election Integrity Partnership – has a track record of limiting the reach of conservative voices on social media platforms.
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On September 30, Just the News released a report documenting how EIP, a private consortium, worked throughout the 2020 election cycle to flag social media accounts or posts that allegedly spread misinformation. Working tirelessly, EIP focused on posts from “right-wing influencers” and flagged over 4,800 URLs that were shared over 22 million times on Twitter.
The group’s politically charged work was funded by federal grants. The constitutionality of this public-private partnership is questionable. But that hasn’t stopped EIP from raising millions in additional grants since the 2020 election.
Now, with federal money and equipped with improved censorship methods, EIP is wreaking havoc with conservative social media use midway through 2022.
One of the first notches on the band’s belt was Robby Starbuck. A prominent conservative voice and now a former candidate for Congress from Tennessee, Mr. Starbuck has faced a torrent of filibuster from EIP and Big Tech. For example, during the primary season, Twitter banned searching for Mr. Starbuck’s name, making it nearly impossible for fans to find his social media page.
Mr. Starbuck’s “disappearance” was not an isolated incident. Nor is EIP’s electoral interference limited to outspoken non-incumbent candidates with broad social media followings. Republican lawmakers such as Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona have also faced this DHS-sponsored interference in their campaign efforts.
And conservative politicians are not the only targets in the crosshairs of the EIP. The combine’s “misinformation mitigation” model is also apparently designed to tackle other prominent and hard-hitting conservative accounts such as those of Donald Trump Jr. and political activist Jack Posobiec.
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The EIP is made up of four entities: Stanford University’s Internet Observatory, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, and Graphika, a ‘social media analysis’ made up largely of former US intelligence agents. What motivates their work? A clue can be found in the tweets of Katie Starbird, director of the Center for an Informed Public. In one of the many threads, Ms Starbird worries about “the dynamics of online disinformation and populist political movements”. As she sees from her sinecure at the University of Washington, populists are the “elite” and the people need to be protected from hearing their views.
The federal government is constitutionally prohibited from restricting free speech. Yet the Biden administration has funded an organization dedicated to suppressing the online discourse of those they see fit to label as “misinformation.” The fact that these “delinquents” are predominantly conservative is no coincidence.
The EIP acts as a proxy for the American left, waging information warfare against its perceived right-wing enemies. No American, conservative or otherwise, should have their constitutional rights overridden by the state or by state-sponsored entities.