USA Today “Fact-Checks” GP and Politico Report on Biden Monitoring Private Communications — Then Confirms DNC Has Been Flagging “Misinformation” for Facebook Since 2020

On Monday Politico broke the news that the Biden regime was monitoring private communications and calls on SMS Carriers to “dispel misinformation about vaccines.

Gateway Pundit reported on this stunning development.

This news came on the same week that the Biden administration admitted to working with Facebook to flag, censor and silence critics of the administration’s vaccine program. It also is the same week that White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said anyone who is banned from Facebook for White House deemed “misinformation” should be banned from all social media platforms.

We now have shameless totalitarians in the White House who have no regard for the US Constitution and the right to free speech in America.

The Gateway Pundit reported previously on how Twitter has built a special portal offered to certain governmental entities so that government officials can flag and delete content they dislike for any reason, as part of what they call “Twitter Partner Status.”

We also know that Facebook has a similar network of far left politicians and Facebook officials who collude and censor information that they dislike.

Following our report, USA Today fact-checked our post and Politico on Instagram.

Here is how USA Today defended their decision to fact-check this information:

In a July 12 article about the Biden administration’s response to vaccine disinformation, Politico reported that groups allied with President Joe Biden are working with text messaging carriers to fight the spread of vaccine misinformation.

“Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages,” Politico wrote…

…The falsehood has also circulated in conservative media circles.

Fox News reported that “the Biden administration has plans to work with tech companies and SMS carriers to monitor and combat misinformation.” Fox host Tucker Carlson reiterated the false claim during his July 13 show.

But this initiative doesn’t involve monitoring or controlling private text messages, and the Biden administration is not involved.

USA TODAY reached out to the Instagram user for comment.

DNC isn’t monitoring private messaging, and Biden isn’t involved

In an email to USA TODAY, a spokesperson for the DNC said the claim was false on several counts. Senior spokesperson Lucas Acosta said the committee is not monitoring private texts, and the Biden administration is not part of the initiative.

Rather, Acosta said, “when the DNC’s counter disinformation program receives complaints or reports of fraudulent broadcast SMSs that we believe violate the text aggregators’ terms of service, we notify the broadcast text platform to help combat this troubling trend.”

Broadcast SMSs are mass messages organizers send to lists of subscribers. Organizers use third-party applications (known as SMS APIs), like Twilio or Bandwidth, to contact mass audiences via text message on their cellphones.

Political campaigns often use broadcast SMSs to reach voters and donors.

Many of these SMS APIs prohibit organizers from using their services to send fraudulent messages.

Acosta stressed that “the only texts (the DNC) reviewed are those distributed en masse to American citizens through broadcast text platforms and reported to the DNC.”

He told USA TODAY the DNC has reported these instances of suspected fraud and disinformation – related to vaccines and other issues – to SMS APIs since 2020.

Natasha Korecki, one of the Politico reporters who wrote the July 12 article, dispelled exaggerations and misinterpretations several times on Twitter.

She said private groups are working to flag misinformation campaigns to SMS companies – not monitor private texts.

“As the story points out, it’s allied, private groups that are working with SMS carriers – not the White House. Even then, there is no ability for groups to read individual texts aside from the ones they receive themselves,” she tweeted on July 12.

USA TODAY could not find any evidence that Biden ever said he wanted to monitor citizens’ private text messages.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, the claim that Biden wants phone companies to monitor people’s texts for vaccine misinformation is FALSE. This is a misinterpretation of the DNC’s effort to report disinformation. A spokesperson from the DNC said it has no ability to monitor private text messages. Instead, the DNC shares instances of possible terms-of-use violations, reported by the public, to the SMS API companies. The Biden administration is not involved.

Did you catch that?

The DNC has been working with Facebook to target, censor  and silence “misinformation” on the platform and has been doing this since 2020.

This may be criminal in nature.

If we had a Republican Party with any balls they would demand investigations on this.

But we all know that won’t happen.

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