Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and five other Republican senators warned that President Joe Biden’s administration is running a covert “government censorship” operation even after the controversial launch and then collapse of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Disinformation Governance Board.
In the letter send to Biden on Monday, the senators wrote that they have “grave concern regarding recent reports of actions taken by your administration to collude with social media platforms to censor Americans’ speech under the guise of ‘misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation.’”
“Your administration has actively pursued an end-run around of the First Amendment in a coordinated effort that has culminated in social media platforms censoring Americans’ speech at the request of the government and through backdoor channels, without regard for Americans’ civil liberties,” the letter stated. “It is not, and should not be, the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or any government agency, to be the final arbiters of what speech can be deemed true or acceptable.”
The senators highlighted the Biden administration’s Disinformation Governance Board, which was dissolved following bipartisan pressure.
“However, instead of heeding extensive criticism of the board, it appears efforts to censor Americans’ speech have only been driven further underground, where the censorship campaign has continued free from public scrutiny and without transparency,” the letter continued.