Private consortium that flagged 2020 election ‘misinformation’ defends its work with feds

Oct 7, 2022 | Political News

A private consortium that played a major role in censoring social media content during the 2020 election has acknowledged anew it collaborated closely with two federal Cabinet agencies and state and local election officials on the project, but said most of its requests to Big Tech came from its own research.

The Election Integrity Partnership issued a lengthy statement Wednesday after a series of reports by Just the News on the breadth of its efforts to censor purported misinformation, which impacted nearly 22 million tweets, 4,800 URLs, 20 news organizations, several lawmakers and candidates and two dozen influencers, with a 35% success rate for content removal, labeling or “soft-blocking.”

“Unfortunately, not everything written or said on TV about us has been correct,” the statement says, claiming the consortium’s researchers including students “have received threatening emails and social media messages.”