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The FBI’s Manipulation of Social Media

Judges Gavel

The FBI’s work in service to the nation’s ruling class is often conducted surreptitiously, and usually, Americans don’t learn of their nefarious deeds until years later.  Occasionally, however, the leaks come out more rapidly.  Earlier this year, it was discovered that only two years ago the FBI coordinated directly with social media giants to restrict political speech to help elect the Presidential candidate favored by the Deep State. 

During the summer of 2020, the FBI told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to expect “some kind of dump” of “Russian propaganda.”  Then, when the Hunter Biden laptop story broke in October 2020, only weeks before the November election, the FBI sprang into action.  Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that, at the FBI’s request, he limited Facebook’s sharing of the New York Post’s reporting on the Biden laptop story, designating it as “misinformation.”

The question is why? Could it be that Zuckerberg wanted to avoid an FBI investigation into the $400 million he gave to election officials in 49 states to help turn out Democrat voters?  

During an interview with the New York Times Editorial Board in January of 2020, then-candidate Biden called for repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects Internet search engines and companies such as Facebook from liability for certain operations.  A transcript shows that Biden stated, “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan.  I think he’s a real problem.”  Candidate Biden even suggested criminal prosecution of Internet search companies depending on the content of information they allow to be published: “[Zuckerberg] should be submitted to civil liability and his company to civil liability.”  

Once Biden took office, the Biden Administration’s pressure on social media ramped up.  On March 1, 2022, FBI Section Chief Laura Dehmlow warned in a meeting attended by Twitter executives that “we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable” for sharing “misinformation.”  The threat from the administration to Big Tech could hardly have been more clear.  

Earlier this month, on Nov. 4, the House Judiciary Committee’s Republican members released a 1050-page report detailing FBI abuses, highlighting how the FBI has indeed pressured social media companies to suppress stories in social media for purely political reasons. “An FBI directive that interferes in free and fair election-related public discourse raises significant risk of First Amendment violations through private-sector censorship at the government’s behest,” the Judiciary Republicans concluded.

And for once, a court is helping uncover FBI abuses.  

On May 5, 2022, the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana filed suit against the Biden regime for “working with social media giants such as Meta, Twitter, and Youtube to censor and suppress free speech, including truthful information, related to COVID-19, election integrity, and other topics, under the guise of combating ‘misinformation.’”  

Then, on October 21, 2022, the judge hearing the case ordered a deposition of FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, finding that “Chan has personal knowledge about … censorship across social media as it related to COVID-19,” and that “Chan was identified [by the plaintiffs] as the FBI Agent who communicated with Facebook to suppress a story about the Hunter Biden laptop.  If he did this, the Court ultimately finds there are reasons to believe that he has interfered in other ways, too.”  

The FBI control over social media is not a rare event, and systems have been set up to ensure quick responses to government demands.  “[T]here was a back channel to companies like Facebook and Twitter coming from agencies and they were sort of dropping the dime on people that they wanted to silence,” said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.  “What we’re seeing now is more and more evidence that there was censorship by surrogate and that some high-ranking government officials were part of that effort,” Turley said. 

In normal times, the press would investigate stories of government abuse, but these are not normal times.  These days, the FBI has as much control over the corporate media as it does social media, and neither has the incentive to tell the truth to the American people, and so the abuses continue.  We can only hope that one day enough Americans will so fully understand the corrupt role being played by the FBI to undermine the Constitution that they demand the candidates they support pledge to abolish that agency.

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