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    THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY is quietly broadening its efforts to curb speech it considers dangerous, an investigation by The Intercept has found. Years of internal DHS memos, emails, and documents — obtained via leaks and an ongoing lawsuit, as well as public documents — illustrate an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms.

    The work, much of which remains unknown to the American public, came into clearer view earlier this year when DHS announced a new “Disinformation Governance Board”: a panel designed to police misinformation (false information spread unintentionally), disinformation (false information spread intentionally), and malinformation (factual information shared, typically out of context, with harmful intent) that allegedly threatens U.S. interests. While the board was widely ridiculed, immediately scaled back, and then shut down within a few months, other initiatives are underway as DHS pivots to monitoring social media now that its original mandate — the war on terror — has been wound down.

    Behind closed doors, and through pressure on private platforms, the U.S. government has used its power to try to shape online discourse. According to meeting minutes and other records appended to a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican who is also running for Senate, discussions have ranged from the scale and scope of government intervention in online discourse to the mechanics of streamlining takedown requests for false or intentionally misleading information.

    “Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain,” Microsoft executive Matt Masterson, a former DHS official, texted Jen Easterly, a DHS director, in February.

    In a March meeting, Laura Dehmlow, an FBI official, warned that the threat of subversive information on social media could undermine support for the U.S. government. Dehmlow, according to notes of the discussion attended by senior executives from Twitter and JPMorgan Chase, stressed that “we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable.”

    Key Takeaways
    • Though DHS shuttered its controversial Disinformation Governance Board, a strategic document reveals the underlying work is ongoing.
    • DHS plans to target inaccurate information on “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine.”
    • Facebook created a special portal for DHS and government partners to report disinformation directly.


    -The work is primarily done by CISA, a DHS sub-agency tasked with protecting critical national infrastructure.

    -DHS, the FBI, and several media entities are having biweekly meetings as recently as August.
    DHS considered countering disinformation relating to content that undermines trust in financial systems and courts.

    -The FBI agent who primed social media platforms to take down the Hunter Biden laptop story continued to have a role in DHS policy discussions.

    ...In retrospect, the New York Post reporting on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 election provides an elucidating case study of how this works in an increasingly partisan environment.

    Much of the public ignored the reporting or assumed it was false, as over 50 former intelligence officials charged that the laptop story was a creation of a “Russian disinformation” campaign. The mainstream media was primed by allegations of election interference in 2016 — and, to be sure, Trump did attempt to use the laptop to disrupt the Biden campaign. Twitter ended up banning links to the New York Post’s report on the contents of the laptop during the crucial weeks leading up to the election. Facebook also throttled users’ ability to view the story.

    In recent months, a clearer picture of the government’s influence has emerged.

    In an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast in August, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook had limited sharing of the New York Post’s reporting after a conversation with the FBI. “The background here is that the FBI came to us — some folks on our team — and was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, you should be on high alert that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election,’” Zuckerberg told Rogan. The FBI told them, Zuckerberg said, that “‘We have it on notice that basically there’s about to be some kind of dump.’” When the Post’s story came out in October 2020, Facebook thought it “fit that pattern” the FBI had told them to look out for.

    Zuckerberg said he regretted the decision, as did Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter at the time. Despite claims that the laptop’s contents were forged, the Washington Post confirmed that at least some of the emails on the laptop were authentic. The New York Times authenticated emails from the laptop — many of which were cited in the original New York Post reporting from October 2020 — that prosecutors have examined as part of the Justice Department’s probe into whether the president’s son violated the law on a range of issues, including money laundering, tax-related offenses, and foreign lobbying registration.

    Documents filed in federal court as part of a lawsuit by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana add a layer of new detail to Zuckerberg’s anecdote, revealing that officials leading the push to expand the government’s reach into disinformation also played a quiet role in shaping the decisions of social media giants around the New York Post story.

     
    She also pushed the discredited Steele Dossier and said Hunter's laptop was Russian disinformation.


     
    She also pushed the discredited Steele Dossier and said Hunter's laptop was Russian disinformation.



    The dossier was raw intelligence and was not discredited. The laptop was discredited. Peddle your Russian agitprop somewhere else.
     
    The dossier was raw intelligence and was not discredited. The laptop was discredited. Peddle your Russian agitprop somewhere else.
    The opposite of both is actually true. I'm not surprised you believe that though. It lines up with your posts here.


    Multiple media organizations have authenticated the Hunter laptop.
     
    The opposite of both is actually true. I'm not surprised you believe that though. It lines up with your posts here.


    Multiple media organizations have authenticated the Hunter laptop.
    Nope.

    But I am not surprised you believe that though. It lines up with your posts here.

    You haven’t met any Russian agitprop you don’t parrot.
     
    Nope.

    But I am not surprised you believe that though. It lines up with your posts here.

    You haven’t met any Russian agitprop you don’t parrot.
    Wait, are you saying the two sources for the Steele Dossier both lied while they were on trial?

    You can see what they said without even clicking on the articles.

    Charles Dolan is a long time Clinton Operative.

    Is the Associated Press Russian agitprop or are you just stuck on repeat?
     
    Wait, are you saying the two sources for the Steele Dossier both lied while they were on trial?

    You can see what they said without even clicking on the articles.

    Charles Dolan is a long time Clinton Operative.

    Is the Associated Press Russian agitprop or are you just stuck on repeat?
    I’m stuck on repeat? Thanks for the laugh.
     
    Wait, are you saying the two sources for the Steele Dossier both lied while they were on trial?

    You can see what they said without even clicking on the articles.

    Charles Dolan is a long time Clinton Operative.

    Is the Associated Press Russian agitprop or are you just stuck on repeat?

    Read it.
     
    The opposite of both is actually true. I'm not surprised you believe that though. It lines up with your posts here.


    Multiple media organizations have authenticated the Hunter laptop.
    These are just lies, SFL. Nobody except the hopelessly partisan believes you.
     
    The opposite of both is actually true. I'm not surprised you believe that though. It lines up with your posts here.


    Multiple media organizations have authenticated the Hunter laptop.

    Name them, and please expand on what you mean by the "Hunter laptop".
     
    The opposite of both is actually true. I'm not surprised you believe that though. It lines up with your posts here.

    Multiple media organizations have authenticated the Hunter laptop.
    Once again, there's some serious cherry picking and slight of hand with the facts going on in this post above.

    First, let's lay out the situation surrounding the Steele dossier. One of the people that provided some of the information to the FBI and Steele is being charged with lying to the FBI about some of the information he provided.

    That person is defending himself by saying that he's shocked the FBI believed him and that what he said wasn't true.

    Another fact, some in the FBI testified that they still believe the informant told the truth about things and he's lying now when he said he lied then.

    So in regards to the Steele dossier the objective truth is that it has neither been fully confirmed or fully discredited. Some of it has been proven to be true and some of it has been proven to be inaccurate, but most of the information falls into the category of neither proven or disproven.

    Now, let's look at the objective reality of Hunter Biden's laptop. A half-truth is being told here to try to fool people into believing something that isn't true.

    It's true that the laptop has been confirmed to be Hunter Biden's laptop. There's another truth that is conveniently being left out.

    The same people that have confirmed that the laptop is Hunter Biden's have also said that there is no way of confirm that all of the files on the laptop were put on the laptop by Hunter Biden.

    No one has or can confirm if the emails, photos, videos and other files allegedly found on the laptop are legitimate files put on the laptop by Hunter Biden.

    Several people that have inspected the laptop and the alleged files that were Hunter's, have said that too many people had access to the laptop after it left Hunter's possession to know who put what files on it.

    Several people who have inspected the files say that many of the files have been obviously tampered with, so there's that as well.
     
    Their testimony at trial are just lies?(offers zero evidence of claim). You deflection attempts are just sad.
    Calling you out for repeating lies that have been debunked time and time again is definitely not deflection. You should brush up on your vocabulary here. You bringing these old lies up as if they have never been debunked in the past is the only deflection going on here. And once again we find that in MAGA world every accusation is both projection and confession.
     
    Calling you out for repeating lies that have been debunked time and time again is definitely not deflection. You should brush up on your vocabulary here. You bringing these old lies up as if they have never been debunked in the past is the only deflection going on here. And once again we find that in MAGA world every accusation is both projection and confession.
    You saying that over and over doesn't mean anything. Those are things that they testified at trial to. Can you point out what Danchenko or Dolan said under oath that was a lie? I know you can't, but you will continue to hide behind your vague pronouncements.
     

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