Disinfo: “Deep State” in the US deletes social media posts that don’t suit it

Summary

The “Deep State” governing the United States had at one point underestimated the importance of Twitter and social media in general, in influencing American citizens themselves.

After [Donald] Trump won, the Deep State rushed to correct this mistake, and this gap was closed in time for the last US elections. The government and intelligence agencies rushed to take steps to censor social media and reduce “unwanted” information.

…messages and videos that do not fit with the social media administration are deleted, or at the very least, flagged as untrue, or unverified. President Trump’s speeches became a perfect example of this. It is even possible to prevent entire news agencies from accessing these social networks if the information they provide is not suitable for the administration of these networks.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about social media companies and censorship and the presence of a "Deep State".

There is no basis to the claims that social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook or Google have engaged in censorship, or restricting US President Donald Trump or his supporters. The claims about the global elite secretly ruling the world, and specifically, a so-called ‘deep state’ in the United State that promotes wars or controls the US are also not supported with evidence.

Ahead of the 2020 Presidential election in the US, the companies took it upon themselves to adopt additional measures to protect the integrity of the election, which included promoting authoritative information, limiting political ads, and labelling misleading information among other means. The companies apply these measures in line with community standards that users accept when accessing the platforms.

Data from CrowdTangle, a tool owned by Facebook, publishes the most popular posts for each day on Facebook. The BBC reports that "on any given day the top 10 most popular political posts are dominated by right-leaning commentators such as Dan Bongino and Ben Shapiro, along with posts by … Trump".

Furthermore, the idea of a "Deep State" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists. Its manifestations might be different, but generally, the concept conjures up the image of a small group of men, deciding the fate of the world behind the scenes. However, there is no evidence of such a "Deep State" existing in the United States. No reputable political scientists and researchers confirm the existence of a “Deep State” in the United States.

Read more examples alleging that the “Deep State” fights with Trump and that the result of the 2020 US elections do not matter because the real ruler is the Deep State which will kill any US president that confronts it, or that Zuckerberg introduced his own form of censorship against Sputnik, Xinhua and Press TV, or that CIA-influenced Facebook introduces the mechanism of preventive censorship of Sputnik, and that Google and Facebook manipulate information to destroy Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic, English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Twitter, Facebook, Censorship, Deep state, Secret elites / global elites, Donald Trump, Conspiracy theory, CIA

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