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The Freedom to LIE: How Trump’s Allies Are Winning the War Over Disinformation


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How Trump’s Allies Are Winning the War Over Disinformation

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In the wake of the riot on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, a groundswell built in Washington to rein in the onslaught of lies that had fueled the assault on the peaceful transfer of power.

Social media companies suspended Donald J. Trump, then the president, and many of his allies from the platforms they had used to spread misinformation about his defeat and whip up the attempt to overturn it. The Biden administration, Democrats in Congress and even some Republicans sought to do more to hold the companies accountable. Academic researchers wrestled with how to strengthen efforts to monitor false posts.

Mr. Trump and his allies embarked instead on a counteroffensive, a coordinated effort to block what they viewed as a dangerous effort to censor conservatives.

While little noticed by most Americans, the effort has helped cut a path for Mr. Trump’s attempt to recapture the presidency. Disinformation about elections is once again coursing through news feeds, aiding Mr. Trump as he fuels his comeback with falsehoods about the 2020 election.

“The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed, and it must happen immediately,” he thundered at the start of his 2024 campaign.

The counteroffensive was led by former Trump aides and allies who had also pushed to overturn the 2020 election. They include Stephen Miller, the White House policy adviser; the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, both Republicans; and lawmakers in Congress like Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, who since last year has led a House subcommittee to investigate what it calls “the weaponization of government.”

Those involved draw financial support from conservative donors who have backed groups that promoted lies about voting in 2020. They have worked alongside an eclectic cast of characters, including Elon Musk, the billionaire who bought Twitter and vowed to make it a bastion of free speech, and Mike Benz, a former Trump administration official who previously produced content for a social media account that trafficked in posts about “white ethnic displacement.” (More recently, Mr. Benz originated the false assertion that Taylor Swift was a “psychological operation” asset for the Pentagon.)

 

Of course they NEED to LIE cause the truth would never work for them. 🤮

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Aww, poor little butthurt baby.

Is Trump winning the war against your disinformation? 

Roboboy: "But, but, but, CNN, MSNBC, NYT and WashPo are all telling the same lies! Why can't they win????? How does the truth keep getting out? Should we track down the guy who leaked the G Floyd bodycam footage and kill him? Haven't these people seen what we did to Assange? 😭 😩"

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2 minutes ago, WestCanMan said:

Aww, poor little butthurt baby.

Is Trump winning the war against your disinformation? 

Roboboy: "But, but, but, CNN, MSNBC, NYT and WashPo are all telling the same lies! Why can't they win????? How does the truth keep getting out? Should we track down the guy who leaked the G Floyd bodycam footage and kill him? Haven't these people seen what we did to Assange? 😭 😩"

Says the guy who DENIES Trump LIED about rain. 🤮

YOU are part of the problem. Fortunately it's a VERY SMALL PART. LMAO

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