In a sworn statement, an FBI agent revealed that the agency's leadership coordinated with tech companies to suppress political information during the presidential election of 2020.
According to Just The News, Elvis Chan, the head of the FBI's San Francisco Cyber Branch, revealed details about the agency's operations to the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri, who were suing the government for coordinating with Big Tech to suppress information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that he was in charge of a command post that was instrumental in carrying out the censorship operation.
He also revealed that his office regularly collaborated with other federal agencies, such as the FBI and US attorneys, to carry out targeted censorship operations on social media platforms. These efforts included making direct requests to companies to remove content that the agency deemed to be "misinformation."
"According to Chan, some of the social media platforms informed his office that they were able to remove the content that they deemed to be "misinformation." He noted that in some cases, the platforms claimed that they were able to do so without violating their terms of service."
James Comer, who is expected to be the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that this issue should be very concerning to everyone who values the First Amendment.
This practice should be considered a violation of the Hatch Act, as it doesn't apply to social media. According to Comer, the government will amend the law next year to close this loophole.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on AM Greatness.