After the release of a damning report from The Intercept on Monday that showed unequivocally that the Department of Homeland Security had been instructing big tech companies how to moderate content on their platform, #DHSLeaks began trending on Twitter, and quickly moved up the charts to be at number 5 on Twitter's trending charts in the US.
Prior to 2020, it was reported that DHS met with Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and other platforms in order to coordinate "content moderation" operations. These meetings were part of an ongoing initiative that saw collusion and collaboration between DHS and big tech to determine how "misinformation" would be dealt with on those platforms.
Areas that came under this purview included the withdrawal from Afghanistan, undertaken disastrously by President Joe Biden in August 2021 as well as the origins of the Covid-19 virus, which became controversial enough that users were kicked off social media platforms for expressing the hypothesis that the virus originated in a Wuhan, China lab. A Senate report found last week that this was the most likely scenario. Information that could undermine trust in financial institutions was also targeted.
This information was revealed as part of a case brought by Missouri AG Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed the lawsuit against top administration officials in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
The lawsuit accuses top government officials of conspiring with social media giants Meta, YouTube, and Twitter "under the guise of combating misinformation" in order to achieve greater censorship.
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