Over the past few years, more information has been revealed as far as how the U.S. federal government censored certain people, groups and and political ideologies on the internet and especially on social media.
According to the Daily Caller, the most recent revelation came from an FBI agent who, despite his refusal to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee, admitted that he had a "mandate" to flag certain speech for social media companies.
A newly unearthed email revealed the shocking instructions FBI Agent Elvis Chan, a member of the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), had from FBI brass.
The emails were revealed in a report published by the House Judiciary Committee this week.
FBI Agent Elvis Chan, a key player in the Twitter files for his role in getting the Hunter Biden laptop story censored, described his “mandate” to flag posts for social media platforms ahead of the 2020 presidential election @DailyCaller pic.twitter.com/7VB7oCSneT
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"Following the 2016 presidential election, a sensationalized narrative emerged that foreign “disinformation” affected the integrity of the election. These claims, fueled by left-wing election denialism about the legitimacy of President Trump’s victory, sparked a new focus on the role of social media platforms in spreading such information," the report read.
It added, "The First Amendment to the Constitution rightly limits the government’s role in monitoring and censoring Americans’ speech, but these disinformation researchers (often funded, at least in part, by taxpayer dollars) were not strictly bound by these constitutional guardrails."
The bombshell report went on to highlight how one-sided the censorship was, explaining that conservative articles, memes, and jokes were labeled as "disinformation" while similar content on the left side was "untouched."
"As this new information reveals, and this report outlines, the federal government and universities pressured social media companies to censor true information, jokes, and political opinions.
It continued, "This pressure was largely directed in a way that benefitted one side of the political aisle: true information posted by Republicans and conservatives was labeled as “misinformation” while false information posted by Democrats and liberals was largely unreported and untouched by the censors."
The Daily Caller noted:
Elvis Chan scheduled a briefing with the SIO, FBI, and National Security Agency (NSA) about the EIP’s work on flagging posts for social media companies, SIO Director and former Facebook executive Alex Stamos testified to the House Judiciary Committee, the report outlines.
"The FBI [San Francisco] mandate is to be the conduit to/from the social media companies for all election related threats, whether foreign or domestic. We’ve been receiving mostly domestic voter suppression-related accounts to flag for social media companies as each state had its primaries," Chan said after receiving an email from Stamos regarding his work.
Chan's heavy involvement in censorship was later revealed again in the "Twitter Files" which confirmed how deep the government's tentacles were in the Big Tech social media world.
There have been multiple attempts to have Chan testify in front of the committee. Only time will tell if he ever does.