The Joe Biden Administration considered hiding that it funneled millions of dollars to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to suppress online speech labeled “misinformation,” says a House Judiciary Committee report published on Tuesday.
The Daily Caller News Foundation first reported in Feb. 2023 that the White House had moved funding to Biden’s National Science Foundation for a “misinformation” research program named “Track F.”
"The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pouring millions into research and the development of tools to combat online mis- and disinformation, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation review of agency grants."https://t.co/FWC4Wiwmlh
— TheLegalBrain (@TheLegalBrain1) February 20, 2023
Now Daily Caller reports that NSF program manager Michael Pozmantier sent an email letting the recipient know he was “going to see about pulling [the videos] down or locking the page ASAP” a day after the report about the funds diverted to the NSF program.
The NSF reportedly spent $38.8 million from day one of Biden’s administration until Nov. 2022 on programs like two named “Convergence Accelerator Track F: Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems” and “Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC).”
According to the House Judiciary Committee report, “The purpose of these taxpayer-funded projects is to develop artificial intelligence (AI)- powered censorship and propaganda tools that can be used by governments and Big Tech to shape public opinion by restricting certain viewpoints or promoting others.”
The Biden Admin. uses the @NIH and the @NSF to launder its censorship activities. By funding "misinformation" "research", the government pays entities like the @Stanford Virality Project to embed within social media companies and pass on gov't censorship demands. https://t.co/ljzByaGmm6
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) February 6, 2024
The NSF made one grant, for example, in 2022 to the University of Houston for $50,000 to establish a “social media misinformation interactive dashboard” that would “forecast trends and analysis to help address the misinformation endemic in America.”
The Biden-era NSF censorship program got its start in July 2019, when the foundation gave Syracuse University a five hundred thousand dollar grant to research the “online dynamics of misinformation” with a focus on how ” misinformation becomes woven into narratives online, how technology influences this process, and how design might be used to alter it.”
Meanwhile, researchers for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told the NSF “broad swaths of the public cannot effectively sort truth from fiction online.” Those swaths researchers indicated tend to vote conservative: “rural and indigenous communities,” “military veterans, older adults and military families” and “older adults.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan recently warned, “It is necessary for Congress to gauge the extent to which NSF officials have coerced, pressured, worked with, or relied upon social media and other tech companies and third parties to censor speech.”