Lawsuit exposes CDC collusion with Big Tech to censor free speech

by WorldTribune Staff, December 16, 2022

Documents obtained by America First Legal (AFL) via litigation against the CDC reveal further evidence that the CDC colluded with social media companies to censor free speech under the government’s label of “misinformation.”

Included in a fourth set of documents obtained by AFL is confirmation that Twitter ran a “Partner Support Portal” for government employees and other “stakeholders” to highlight posts that would either be removed or flagged as “misinformation.”

The documents show Twitter enrolling one government employee, through their personal Twitter account, into this Portal.

“We know from other publicly related documents, that Facebook has copied this approach for election-related censorship,” AFL said in a Dec. 6 report.

The documents also reveal that the U.S. government was actively working to “socially inoculate” (brainwash) the public against anything that threatened its narrative.

“It did so by using aligned Big Tech corporations to monitor and manipulate users for the purposes of censoring unapproved information and pushing government propaganda,” AFL said.

For example, Facebook sent written materials to the CDC in which it boasted about censoring more than 16 million “pieces of content” containing opinions or information the U.S. government wanted suppressed.

The documents also reveal the CDC was “collaborating with UNICEF, WHO and IFCN member and leading civil society organization Mafindo” to mitigate “disinformation.” Mafindo is a Facebook third-party fact-checking partner based in Indonesia that is funded by Google.

“What is clear is that the United States government, Big Tech platforms, and international organizations were fully entangled in an intricate campaign to violate the First Amendment, to silence the American people, and to censor dissenting views,” AFL said.

AFL’s first release of documents revealed the explicit collusion between the CDC and Big Tech to censor what the Biden Administration deemed “misinformation” and push covert COVID-19 propaganda.

AFL’s second release built the evidentiary record showing that CDC specifically sent Facebook and Twitter-specific posts to take down, throttle, censor, or flag.

AFL’s third release revealed that the CDC’s mask guidance policies for school children were driven by political polling by liberal dark money group The Kaiser Family Foundation rather than science.

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