Microsoft stonewalls on ‘review’ into State Department-backed ‘disinformation’ group
- May 19, 2023
Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner
Microsoft is stonewalling on providing key details about its touted “review” into the State Department-funded Global Disinformation Index after suspending its relationship with the self-styled British “disinformation” tracker earlier this year.
Following multiple Washington Examiner reports in February, Microsoft announced that it had “stopped using GDI’s services” as part of an investigation, while internal data showed that the corporation removed negative flags for conservative websites temporarily that likened them to peddling “disinformation.” However, Microsoft has yet to provide basic information about its purported inquiry into GDI and when it will make a final decision on whether it will resume the controversial partnership.
Subpoenas in connection to the request are “not off the table,” two senior congressional sources previously told the Washington Examiner. The State Department was notably sued in early May by a watchdog group called Protect the Public’s Trust over its failure to release records on GDI.