In what can only be described as a 1984’esque story, the Intercept is reporting that internal DHS memos, emails, and papers that have been exposed through leaks and current litigation as well as publicly available records show the agency’s extensive efforts to influence tech platforms and suppress the free speech of Americans.  According to the news report:

The new “Disinformation Governance Board” [was] a panel designed to police misinformation (false information spread unintentionally), disinformation (false information spread intentionally), and malinformation (factual information shared, typically out of context, with harmful intent) that allegedly threatens U.S. interests. 

And though this board is now shut down documents show other initiatives are underway at the DHS and that the U.S. Government continues pressuring private platforms in an effort to shape the online discourse of Americans.   According to documents, Facebook and Twitter worked closely with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to combat “disinformation.” Plans to suppress more information on subjects like the pullout from Afghanistan, COVID’s beginnings, and data that casts doubt on financial organizations.

Facebook and Twitter developed specialized website portals that allowed the government to quickly seek content removal. The portals were used to block a wide variety of content, including obvious parody accounts and material that disagreed with official government pandemic policy.  The emails and papers demonstrate close coordination between the department of homeland security and the tech businesses in the private sector. Vijaya Gadde, who was let go by Elon Musk last week from Twitter, met with the DHS every month to talk about censoring strategies. “Platforms must become accustomed to working with the government” texted a Microsoft official to the DHS.

You can see Lee Fang’s outline of his above tweets on Tucker Carlson Tonight:

Online journalist Tim Pool also excoriated the overreach and obvious attack on free speech:

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