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January 1, House Republicans Accuse FBI of Violating Americans’ First Amendment Rights



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In a groundbreaking report issued on Monday, House Republicans raised concerns about the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in liaising between American social media giants and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

This move is set to be a focal point at the forthcoming hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray, presided by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and an outspoken critic of Wray.

As Russian forces entered Ukraine, the SBU turned to U.S. social media platforms to help counter disinformation and propaganda.

Acting as a conduit, the FBI communicated requests from the SBU to social media titans such as Meta (the parent company of Facebook), Google, and Twitter.

The issue lies in the fact that several flagged accounts belonged to U.S. citizens and even a U.S. government account run by the State Department.

According to the Republican report, this intervention by the FBI may be in breach of the First Amendment rights of American citizens.

“The FBI is not permitted to demand the censorship of domestic political speech,” the report stated, emphasizing the potential risk of government interference in free speech.

However, the evidence provided leaves room for debate.

The available correspondence portrays the FBI as a messenger, relaying SBU’s requests rather than explicitly demanding censorship.

A notable email dated March 9 was interpreted by House Republicans as an insinuation of seeking legal justification for suspending flagged accounts.

As to what extent these requests influenced the social media companies remains uncertain.

The report states, “It is unclear how Meta employees reacted internally,” leaving the question open-ended.

Bottom Line

This story, as presented in the “Twitter Files”, has sparked a wider discussion about the government’s role in influencing social media companies and their content moderation.

Even though the full breadth of government involvement remains uncertain, a federal judge in Louisiana recently ruled against such communication.

Still, the case is under appeal and the debate on this complex relationship is far from over.

The Supreme Court is likely to decide the fate of this constitutional question.

Indeed, this saga underscores the pressing need to define the parameters of government interaction with social media platforms.

As Katie Harbath, a former public policy director for Facebook, pointed out, it raises a “valid question on what the role of the government should be in identifying and reporting people and content.”

The FBI, in response, promotes its efforts to combat war-related disinformation spread through social media channels.

Yet, their tactics continue to raise questions about the fine line between security and censorship.

It seems the imminent Wray hearing will bring more fuel to the fire in this ongoing debate.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. Political prisoner

    July 15, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Indeed, they are. We cannot disagree with them or we are invaded in our homes. Anyone who is a whistleblower is now prosecuted. If we have a protest against a stolen election, we are imprisoned for years despite doing nothing but attending, all because we have Rs after our names. But Ray Epps…that’s different. The Brandon government and its entire administration is out of control.

  2. Centurion

    July 15, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    Officials have admitted to the unconstitutional activities of the DHS and its CISA, the FBI, NSA, WTO, WEF, IMF, WHO, DOJ, CIA, etc. These alphabet agencies MUST be defunded and terminated. Our rights are being eviscerated by the bureaucrats and politicians.

  3. Blondie

    July 15, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    What a joke!!! The only people who should ever receive reparations are the Native American Indians. Everything was taken from them in the beginning, when black people with their own slaves took over America. Black people started slavery in America. They have created their own problems, with their lies, deceptive practices, crimes & unwillingness to work, but, live free off the welfare system. They are the most violent people on earth & have zero remorse for their crimes. Give them reparations & watch what they do with it. Waste all of it on drugs & crimes.

    The Native American Indians have never lifted a finger of violence, due to what has been done to them. Their lives are horrible & living in conditions that aren’t even livable. They stay quiet & never bother anyone. They live on reservations, most without running water or bathrooms. Their teens commit suicide at the alarming rate of more than any other society. Why! They know they will never have anything & yet our damn, stupid, society wants to give money to the worst people on earth — the blacks. The blacks have had every opportunity that everyone else has had, their entire lives & have done nothing to help themselves. Crime is highest among blacks than any other race. They have no guilt, whatsoever, for their violence to other innocent people & their killing of others. Read your King James version of the bible & see why they are a cursed society. God cursed them for their deceptive living, when Cain killed Abel & then attempted to make the sacrifice that was Abel’s, his. He played up to their Father, until the father realized that Abel was gone & then he knew Cain had killed him.
    Read it for yourselves…….It’s the most despicable, disgraceful, disgusting thing that can be done, when you give reparations to the most violent people on earth. Give that money to the Native American Indians who DESERVE it, rightfully…..

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