MRC Free Speech America EXPOSES 7 Federal Agencies Pressuring Big Tech to Censor Americans

MRC Free Speech America EXPOSES 7 Federal Agencies Pressuring Big Tech to Censor Americans

  • June 20, 2024

Gabriela Pariseau, NewsBusters

President Joe Biden sits atop a censorship regime made up of federal agencies that has repeatedly pressured Big Tech social media companies to clamp down on those who express views in opposition to his own.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has one of the most entrenched censorship operations in the U.S. government disguised as fighting terrorism and foreign influence operations. The agency’s aims became publicly apparent when it released a February 2022. The bulletin claimed that one of the “key factors” of a “heightened” terrorism threat included “false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19.”

DHS is also the umbrella agency for the infamous Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which Twitter Files journalist Michael Shellenberger called “the center of gravity for much of the censorship” during a Nov. 2023 hearing.

CISA also put together the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), a group that used an online portal to work with social media companies by flagging content to be censored. DHS’s CISA enjoyed access to EIP’s work, including reports that listed targeted social media accounts.

Among those targeted were former President Donald Trump, Fox News Host Sean Hannity, The Federalist Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway and Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY). Outlets such as Newsmax and The Babylon Bee, a satirical news company and member of the MRC-led Free Speech Alliance, were also targeted for censorship. EIP itself reported a 75 percent response rate from Big Tech companies with 35 percent of flagged URLs being censored, according to Shellenberger’s testimony.

Protect the Public’s Trust, a government watchdog, also uncovered that DHS actually recommended that the State Department work with EIP on its alleged efforts to thwart foreign influence in the 2020 election.

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