Witness in Congressional hearing says DHS led the creation of a ‘censorship apparatus’

Dec 13, 2023 | Political News

Congressional witness Michael Shellenberger alleged Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security led the creation of a “censorship apparatus” by working with social media companies to censor Americans' speech. 

“I think that if there's important cybersecurity activities happening in CISA [Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] that should continue, I think that they need to be under a different agency,” he said during the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability hearing.

“Because this agency … actively not just participated, but led this creation of this censorship apparatus,” he added.

In 2022, the DHS helped launch a public-private partnership to flag and mass-report alleged election misinformation to social media platforms in 2020.