House Judiciary Committee Releases Report on Coordinated Government/Educational Online Censorship

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The House Judiciary Committee has released a preliminary report detailing how, under the name of Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), the federal government, in conjunction with Stanford University and major online content hosts such as Alphabet (Google) and Meta (Facebook), actively throttled online speech by major conservative individuals and organizations by labeling their content “misinformation.”

As Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) noted in a series of messages on X (formerly Twitter) on November 6, Stanford provided information regarding its participation in EIP solely under the threat of being held in contempt.

As outlined in the committee’s preliminary report issued on November 6, the EIP’s purpose was obscuring the government’s involvement with online speech suppression.

Enter the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), a consortium of “disinformation” academics led by Stanford University’s Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) that worked directly with the Department of Homeland Security and the Global Engagement Center, a multi-agency entity housed within the State Department, to monitor and censor Americans’ online speech in advance of the 2020 presidential election. Created in the summer of 2020 “at the request” of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the EIP provided a way for the federal government to launder its censorship activities in hopes of bypassing both the First Amendment and public scrutiny. 

The report summary continues:

The EIP’s operation was straightforward: “external stakeholders,” including federal agencies and organizations funded by the federal government, submitted misinformation reports directly to the EIP. The EIP’s misinformation “analysts” next scoured the internet for additional examples for censorship. If the submitted report flagged a Facebook post, for example, the EIP analysts searched for similar content on Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Reddit, and other major social media platforms. Once all of the offending links were compiled, the EIP sent the most significant ones directly to Big Tech with specific recommendations on how the social media platforms should censor the posts, such as reducing the posts’ “discoverability,” “suspending [an account’s] ability to continue tweeting for 12 hours,” “monitoring if any of the tagged influencer accounts retweet” a particular user, and, of course, removing thousands of Americans’ posts.

Further:

Government agencies and disinformation “experts” are quick to cite the need to combat foreign actors attempting to undermine American elections as a justification for this censorship regime. While foreign states do attempt to conduct influence operations, the Committee’s and Select Subcommittee’s investigation has revealed that the true focus and purpose of the censors’ “election integrity” work was to target the very Americans they claim to protect. Instead of targeting foreign or inauthentic accounts, the EIP targeted Americans, disproportionately candidates and commentators with conservative viewpoints. And despite its stated purpose to combat “disinformation,” the EIP worked with social media companies to censor true information, jokes and satire, and political opinions.

Some of the individual and corporate accounts targeted were:

  • President Donald J. Trump 
  • Senator Thom Tillis 
  • Speaker Newt Gingrich 
  • Governor Mike Huckabee 
  • Congressman Thomas Massie 
  • Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
  • NewsMax
  • The Babylon Bee

None of this is a surprise to the aware. (For the purpose of this and future discussions, I am claiming “aware” as the keyword for the anti-woke, a designation of those who follow facts and not feelings regarding fundamental and ancillary truths.) As detailed here at RedState in July 2023, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been feeling major heat from the Judiciary Committee regarding his company’s active cooperation with assorted government agencies in suppressing free speech labeled “disinformation” due to its revealing inconvenient truths. Nor is the government’s weaponization of itself against those embracing and propagating awareness a previously unknown fact. In March 2023, even as independent journalist Matt Taibbi was testifying before the Judiciary Committee regarding his findings concerning Twitter’s active censorship efforts before Elon Musk bought the company, his house was being “visited” by the IRS. A coincidence this was not.

The Judiciary Committee’s preliminary report further details how our government actively despises the citizens whose interests it is supposed to represent when said citizens dare speak up in opposition to government policies and practices. This is not a bombshell revelation. Rather, it is yet another artillery blast in an ongoing battle waged by the awake against the woke’s sole weapon against reality. Namely, suppression of Constitutionally guaranteed rights.

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