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Ted Cruz Alleges Biden Administration Funneled $66 Million for ‘Misinformation Research,’ Demands Accountability

Senator Ted Cruz accuses the Biden administration of channeling over $66 million in taxpayer funds to nonprofits and academic institutions for what he terms “misinformation research.” Cruz alleges that this is part of the federal government’s attempt to censor Americans while seeking to evade liability for violating First Amendment rights.

As part of his ongoing investigation into Big Tech’s content moderation and alleged censorship, Cruz is demanding information from the State Department, FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding their involvement in facilitating the censorship of constitutionally protected speech online, told Fox News.

Cruz claims that the Biden administration not only directly flagged content to social media companies but also funneled money to private-sector third parties, including nonprofits and academic institutions, which pressured social media platforms to remove content and accounts. According to Cruz, by using third parties, the government aimed to distance itself from liability for infringing on Americans’ First Amendment rights.

Examples cited by Cruz include the State Department countering foreign propaganda efforts by sending lists of “inauthentic” individuals to social media companies, which, upon investigation, included everyday Americans. The NSF allegedly provided millions to fund “Election Integrity Partnerships” at Stanford University and the University of Washington, influencing social media companies to moderate tweets flagged by CISA and the FBI.

In letters to the relevant agencies, Cruz asks for detailed information about their taxpayer-funded grant-making and non-governmental partnerships processes. The deadline for responses is set for December 19, 2023. This development follows Cruz’s months-long investigation, during which Senate Commerce Committee staff identified over 100 NSF grants totaling more than $66 million for “misinformation” research.

Notably, this investigation parallels a House Weaponization Subcommittee probe, which similarly claimed that CISA facilitated censorship directly and through third-party intermediaries during the Biden administration. CISA’s Executive Director, Brandon Wales, has denied these claims, asserting that the agency does not censor speech and works to protect Americans’ freedom of speech, civil rights, liberties, and privacy.

Ashlie is a senior reporter for the TosBos News. She covers live and breaking news from 6 am every day. Ashlie joined the M.E.N. in 2019 having previously worked for Cavendish Press news agency.


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