Top Democrats penned a letter to Twitter and Facebook last week demanding the censorship of those who use the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo. The Democrats claimed Russia is behind the movement, and therefore seek censorship.
The hashtag began after word broke of the jaw-dropping memo on the United States government’s surveillance abuses. Republicans have been working to release the memo to the public, which supposedly contains damning evidence the Obama administration used FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants to spy on the Trump campaign and his transition team ahead of the president’s inauguration.
So far, the battle to make the memo public has been hard fought and uphill. But those who want the government to be transparent and release it so we can decide for ourselves what’s in it face censorship by Democrats who are begging social media outlets to kill the accounts of those who use the hashtag.
Senator Diane Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff sent the letter to both Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, and Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter demanding the censorship while claiming it’s “Russia-backed.” Meanwhile, Twitter’s internal analysis of the hashtag has thus far found that authentic American accounts, not Russians, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo, according to The Daily Beast.
Democrats have been invoking Russia to try to shut down the free speech of those desiring transparency.
They [Feinstein and Schiff] relied on a report from the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy claiming that #ReleaseTheMemo had become the favorite hashtag of Russian-sponsored Twitter accounts. (The report did not make any judgements about such activity on Facebook.)
“If these reports are accurate, we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, two California Democrats, wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
But a knowledgeable source says that Twitter’s internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo. There are no preliminary indications that the Twitter activity either driving the hashtag or engaging with it is either predominantly Russian. -The Daily Beast
How dare people want the truth! Especially when living in times when the media lies to our faces, is biased in their reporting, and hides documents from the public to try to sway opinion. All these things are what they accuse Russia of doing, but they themselves are deceiving everyone.
Are Democrats just going to cry “Russia” when there’s any sign of public dissent?