According to The Intercept, its report relies on a wide range of sources, together with DHS “memos, emails, and documents” spanning years — some that have been acquired through a lawsuit, some which can be public paperwork, and — maybe crucially — some that have been leaked. The assortment of supplies is alleged to current a largely hidden effort to counter the deliberate and unintentional spreading of false data, in addition to the sharing of details in a manner the DHS considers malinformation, which is content material supposedly shared “with harmful intent” and sure with out context.
The mission is alleged to increase far past what one might think about an excellent religion effort to assist shield the general public from manipulation from dangerous actors, nevertheless. Among different issues, Lee Fang, an investigative journalist with The Intercept, claims that “obvious parody accounts” have been victims of those censorship efforts, in addition to content material that challenged the U.S. authorities’s pandemic response. Of specific notice is an alleged portal created by Facebook that’s stated to grant the DHS and unspecified “government partners” particular entry to fast-tracking disinformation requests.
Facebook and Twitter created particular portals for the federal government to quickly request takedowns of content material. The portals, together with NGO companions used to censor a variety of content material, together with apparent parody accounts and content material disagreeing w gov pandemic coverage. pic.twitter.com/Jth0WUfXAI
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) October 31, 2022
The effort is not simply restricted to Facebook, nevertheless, the report claims. Among the supplies have been notes displaying that an FBI official had suggested Twitter and JPMorgan Chase “senior executives” of the dangers of so-called “subversive information” shared on social media, presenting it particularly as a risk towards “support for the U.S. government.” The report notes that the DHS’s efforts allegedly prolong past merely addressing and curbing dis- and misinformation from international international locations meant to destabilize society and as an alternative tread into the subjective and political, with the federal government in the end “seeking to become arbiters of what constitutes false or dangerous information on inherently political topics.”