by Gareth Porter
The FBI has publicly justified its suppression of dissenting online views about US
foreign policy if a media outlet can be somehow linked to one of its adversaries. The
Bureau's justification followed a series of instances in which Silicon Valley social
media platforms banned accounts following consultations with the FBI.
In a particularly notable case in 2018, the FBI encouraged Facebook, Instagram and
Google to remove or restrict ads on the American Herald Tribune (AHT), . . .
The FBI's first step toward intervening against dissenting views on social media took
place in October 2017 with the creation of a Foreign Influence Task Force (FTIF) in the
bureau's Counterintelligence Division. Next, the FBI defined any effort by states
designated by the Department of Defense as major adversaries (Russia, China, Iran and
North Korea) to influence American public opinion as a threat to US national security. . . .
Enver Masud, "Demise of Fairness Doctrine and
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The Wisdom Fund, December 5, 2014