A shocking new report now shows that The Department of Homeland Security has been attempting to influence major technological platforms and directly instruct them on how and when to censor content that does not agree with its own political biases.
This became abundantly clear when the Biden administration launched the Disinformation Governance Board in early 2022, but it has been a focus of their efforts long before that.
Prior to 2020, it has now been reported that DHS met with Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and other major online platforms in order to coordinate “content moderation” operations, another way of saying ‘censorship.’
These meetings were part of an ongoing initiative in which DHS and big tech conspired and collaborated together on how best to determine how “misinformation” would be dealt with on those platforms. In particular the guidelines that would be used to determine exactly what would be and what wouldn’t fall under that category.
However the criteria pushed on the companies by DHS was extremely broad and included a host of issues that the agency had a very clear interest in either promoting or suppressing
These included the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan by President Joe Biden in August 2021, as well as the origins of the Covid-19 virus.
The Lab Leak theory in particular became extremely controversial, so controversial that users were regularly kicked off social media platforms for expressing the hypothesis that the virus originated in a Wuhan, China lab.
Also targeted was information that could potentially undermine trust in major financial institutions.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act, signed by President Donald Trump, created a new branch within DHS that was tasked with dealing with online “disinformation.”
DHS would use “takedown requests” to tell social media companies what they wanted removed from their platforms, and the platforms would then submit reports to the government detailing the actions they took.
This was done specifically with election information, which was flagged by state election officials and submitted to DHS, which then instructed social media companies to remove it immediately.
However election stories were the only target of the Government’s censorship campaign.
When the Hunter Biden laptop story broke, exposing the Biden family’s influence peddling and shady overseas business dealings with Ukraine and China, social media platforms took the government’s bait and dropped the story.
Censors attempted to squash the, since vindicated, story by claiming it was ‘hacked’ or ‘Russian disinformation.’
The case that revealed the information was filed this spring in US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry against top administration officials.
It claimed that President Joe Biden and other administration officials “pressed and colluded” with Big Tech companies to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story, as well as information about the COVID-19 lab leak origin theory and the security of voting by mail.
The lawsuit claimed that government officials colluded with social media and big tech companies “under the guise of combating misinformation,” with the goal of censorship and suppression of free speech online as the end result.
The lawsuit called the Biden Administration’s attempt to suppress the free speech of U.S. citizens “one of its greatest assaults by federal government officials in the Nation’s history.”