A George Soros-funded group targeted Twitter owner Elon Musk for daring to interact with “right-wing accounts” following acquisition of the platform.
The leftist Institute for Strategic Dialogue spewed nonsensical agitprop in a Jan. 31 blog. ISD railed against Musk’s exchanges with “right-wing Twitter users” and claimed that his interactions with these accounts increased a so-called “staggering 1,690 percent after October 27, from 1.1 percent of his total interactions to nearly 20 percent.”
The “right-wing” accounts that ISD blacklisted included satire site The Babylon Bee, Psychologist Jordan Peterson, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, Libs of TikTok and social media influencer Ian Miles Cheong. ISD even attempted to label noted left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald as a “right-wing account.”
ISD whined that Musk was supposedly “signaling to his followers and other Twitter users that these ideas are acceptable on the platform, likely inviting more hate on Twitter, and creating space for actors to spread disinformation and harmful ideologies.”
The ISD apparatus received at least $2,029,863 from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations between 2017 and 2021. Denigrating the free exchange of ideas online is certainly in line with the Soros brand. Soros-funded groups fueled with at least $80,233,084 of the leftist billionaire’s cash pressured Big Tech platforms to clamp down on election-related speech before the 2022 midterm elections. It’s also telling that ISD lists censorship-obsessed Big Tech giants like Facebook, Google and YouTube as co-funders of the organization.
Leftist anti-free speech group complains @ElonMusk invites "hate"/"harmful ideologies" by interacting w/head of America's largest gov't watchdog group (me), minority journalist (@stillgray), left journalist (@ggreenwald), and satire site (@TheBabylonBee ). https://t.co/xy5tNIUvir— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 1, 2023
The Soros-funded group even labeled Libs of TikTok, which simply finds left-wing extremists’ videos and reshares them to its various pages, a “prolific spreader of hate.”
The organization attempted to justify its arbitrary claim by slamming Musk for liking one of Libs of TikTok’s tweets. “Posting publicly available videos isn’t harmful, hateful or dangerous,” the tweet read. “You know what is harmful though? Confusing kids about their identity, stealing childhood innocence, exposing kids to adult sexual entertainment, giving kids porn in school, and sterilizing and mutilating kids.”
Apparently, per ISD’s logic, Libs of TikTok’s rebuke of the sexual exploitation of children is an example of “hate.”
Posting publicly available videos isn’t harmful, hateful or dangerous. You know what is harmful though? Confusing kids about their identity, stealing childhood innocence, exposing kids to adult sexual entertainment, giving kids porn in school, and sterilizing and mutilating kids.— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) December 26, 2022
The organization also smeared Ian Miles Cheong and Townhall writer Scott Morefield as “two conservative journalists” that are supposedly “known to spread disinformation and amplify hateful right-wing talking points.” A graphic embedded in the story highlighted Jordan Peterson and others as those taboo “right-wing accounts” that Musk interacts with from time to time.
ISD’s feigned outrage against so-called “hate” and “disinformation” on Twitter is laughably disingenuous. The organization said nothing about the anti-Semitic Ayatollah Khamenei or Chinese Communist Party-affiliated accounts which have been allowed to spread their respective bile for years under Twitter’s old regime. A 2010 tweet by Khamenei, for example, raged that “Israel Is A Hideous Entity In the Middle East Which Will Undoubtedly Be Annihilated.” Would ISD be suffering the same conniption if Musk was interacting with those accounts instead? The CCP in particular is currently conducting religious- and ethnic-based genocide against the Uyghur Muslims, is running an authoritarian surveillance state and was starving its own people under “zero-Covid” policies. But how dare Musk associate with “right-wing” accounts, eh ISD?
The group continued ranting against Musk interacting with those so-called “prominent superspreaders of election disinformation” like Tim Pool and Dinesh D’Souza. Strangely, after literally smearing “right-wing accounts” as proliferators of “hate” and “disinformation,” ISD attempted to hedge by saying: “[T]he problem, however, isn’t necessarily that Musk is interacting with these types of accounts – it’s the type of content he is interacting with and amplifies.”
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