by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Aug 03, 2023 – 01:49 PM
Update (1350ET): The House Judiciary Committee has launched an investigation into a "misinformation" tracking group, the UK’s Center for Countering Digital Hate – which is now being sued by X Corp, formerly Twitter.
According to a letter seen by the Washington Examiner, the Center for Countering Digital Hate is in the crosshairs, as House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has given the nonprofit until August 17, two weeks, to turn over records that could detail the extent of its ties to the Biden White House.
According to a letter seen by the Washington Examiner, the Center for Countering Digital Hate is in the crosshairs, as House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has given the nonprofit until August 17, two weeks, to turn over records that could detail the extent of its ties to the Biden White House. "We know from the Facebook Files that the Center for Countering Digital Hate was working with the White House to censor speech," said a senior GOP congressional aide. "But how far did it go? Republicans want to find out, and of course subpoenas are on the table if we don’t get answers."
Jordan’s letter, which was first obtained by the Washington Examiner, is the latest escalation of the GOP’s efforts to investigate how the federal government has, in some cases, coordinated with the private sector to flag certain speech, including speech related to COVID-19, as "disinformation" or "misinformation." The chairman has recently been publicizing subpoenaed documents from Facebook, now called Meta, showing how the platform kept in close contact with the Biden administration on content moderation.
Further sets of emails produced in connection to that subpoena, which have not been reported on until now and were shared with the Washington Examiner, shed light on Center for Countering Digital Hate’s influence among top Facebook staffers and the highest levels of government. -Washington Examiner
In April 2021, a Facebook employee cited the CCDH’s March 2021 report titled "The Disinformation Dozen" in an email thread dubbed "Vaccine policy," in which alleged that there "are twelve anti-vaxxers who play leading roles in spreading digital misinformation about COVID vaccines," with RFK Jr. being one of them.
"We also continue to see pressure from partners and policymakers, including the White House, to remove entities that are seen to be contributing to a large amount of vaccine misinformation content (commonly referred to as the ‘disinformation dozen’ which CCDH asserts are responsible for 73% of vaccine misinformation on Facebook)," the employee’s email continues.
"We continue to monitor these entities on platform, and are reviewing the off platform as well, but do not believe we currently have a clear path for removal of these."
In his letter to CCDH’s CEO, Imran Ahmed, Jordan writes: "We are interested in understanding the interactions between the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and the federal government in particular, as well as between CCDH and social media companies," adding "CCDH claims that ‘social media companies erode basic human rights and civil liberties by enabling the spread of online hate and disinformation.’"
Earlier Thursday, Jordan dropped a thread of receipts on Facebook’s relationship with the Biden regime and how they censored unfavorable opinions.
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