(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – Senator Ted Cruz, representing Texas, has expressed serious concerns regarding the Biden administration’s allocation of over $66 million in taxpayer funds to various nonprofits and academic bodies for research on misinformation. According to Cruz, this action signifies an attempt by the federal government to control the narrative by censoring American citizens, while simultaneously distancing itself from any responsibility for violating First Amendment rights.
In response to these actions, Senator Cruz is now actively seeking detailed information from several government agencies, including the State Department, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the National Science Foundation. His request is a key part of an extended investigation into the content moderation and alleged censorship practices of Big Tech companies. The investigation, led by Cruz’s office, aims to uncover the degree to which these practices are influenced by government agencies and non-government entities funded by taxpayer dollars.
Cruz alleges that the Biden administration not only directly flagged content to social media platforms but also strategically funded third-party entities, such as nonprofits and educational institutions, to exert pressure on these platforms to remove certain content and accounts. This method, he argues, was a tactic used by government agencies to avoid direct responsibility for infringing on American citizens’ First Amendment rights.
One instance cited by Cruz involves the State Department’s efforts to counter foreign propaganda and misinformation, resulting in the provision of lists to social media companies. However, Cruz’s investigation reveals that these lists included not just foreign entities but also American citizens.
Furthermore, Cruz highlights the funding provided by the National Science Foundation to initiatives like the “Election Integrity Partnerships” at institutions like Stanford University and the University of Washington. These programs, he claims, played a significant role in influencing social media companies to moderate millions of posts flagged by CISA and the FBI.
Cruz’s allegations are severe, suggesting that government agencies, through indirect methods, have been involved in suppressing free speech online. This investigation coincides with similar probes by other governmental bodies, including the House Weaponization Subcommittee, which has also raised concerns about CISA’s role in these activities.
CISA, however, has refuted these claims. Brandon Wales, CISA’s Executive Director, stated in June that the agency has never engaged in censorship or facilitated such actions. He emphasized CISA’s commitment to protecting critical infrastructure and cybersecurity while upholding Americans’ freedom of speech and civil liberties.
This ongoing investigation, which has already uncovered over 100 grants from the National Science Foundation for misinformation research, is expected to reveal more about the extent and nature of the government’s involvement in content moderation and the potential suppression of free speech. The deadline for the agencies to respond to Senator Cruz’s inquiries is set for December 19th, 2023.
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