Nothing to See Here! Online Election Info Monitor Defends Work Helping Big Tech Censor Americans

October 7th, 2022 5:42 PM

The Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) is trying to defend its work with the government to censor Americans before and after the 2020 election, an activity that it has not abandoned.

In a statement, EIP defended its work to allow federal government agencies and leftist organizations to file “tickets” requesting censorship, and said its work had been “tightly defined,” excluding the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, for instance. EIP also said its work with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) began under Trump’s presidency.

EIP’s report “The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election” previously defined EIP’s dangerous scope, however—and its plan to continue its work into the future.

"With the narrow aim of defending the 2020 election against voting-related mis- and disinformation, [EIP] bridged the gap between government and civil society, helped to strengthen platform standards for combating election-related misinformation, and shared its findings with its stakeholders, media, and the American public. This report details our process and findings, and provides recommendations for future actions." EIP’s work is ongoing one month before the 2022 midterm elections, according to its website.

Page 188 of the EIP report includes a list of right-leaning politicians, commentators, publications and groups that it flagged as “Repeat Spreaders of Election Misinformation.” EIP used this list directly to ask Big Tech companies to quash supposed “misinformation,” a.k.a., “right”-leaning perspectives on current issues.

The Stanford report from EIP also boasted that it flagged 4,800 URLs.

The EIP statement alleged, “CISA did not send any examples of potential misinformation to EIP.” This does not explain away EIP’s collaboration with the State department.

EIP claimed that it invited both the Republican (RNC) and Democratic (DNC) national committees to submit “tickets,” but that only the DNC accepted. The DNC filed four “misinformation” reports, EIP claimed. At least one DNC report led to a Facebook ad suspension, EIP claimed.

The statement further claimed, “One ticket was sent to the DNC to enlist their help in stopping election misinformation being spread by Democrats,” and “Claims that our work was designed to target conservative voices are false.” But the DNC was only one of three leftist groups allowed to file “tickets,” according to Just the News, and EIP’s own website specifically slammed “Right-leaning” so-called spreaders of “misinformation” online.

“Democrats must rely on censorship as the truth is too damaging for them,” Conservative Political Action Conference spokesman Alex Pfeiffer told MRC Free Speech America. “The party that says men can become pregnant has to shut down dissent. It’s shameful, but completely unsurprising, that the DNC worked with EIP to censor users online.”

Documentation recently released by Just the News reportedly revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State worked with four private groups to censor alleged election-related “misinformation” before, during and after the 2020 election. This included social media posts, blog posts and URLs for social media platforms. The censorship was reportedly aimed at preventing election scandals from going viral and catching the eyes of important media outlets and reporters.

The DNC was one of the entities the government designated to file “tickets” for requests of censorship, Just the News reported. “Liberal groups” Common Cause and NAACP were also allowed to flag content, according to Just the News.

The members of EIP are Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO), the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public, the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab and social media analytics firm Graphika. All four received federal grants.

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