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NewsGuard Boasted of Government Ties in Censorship Pitch to Twitter

via BBC News

NewsGuard, a media rating service, reportedly pitched Twitter to integrate its blacklist into the platform’s content moderation system, emphasizing ties to the intelligence community and government agencies.

The company claimed it could direct users to official government sources and touted connections to intelligence and national security officials.

Despite Twitter declining the offer, NewsGuard’s heavy emphasis on government involvement is significant, particularly as it faces a lawsuit alleging it acts as a surrogate of the U.S. government to suppress online speech. (Trending: Jury Reaches Verdict In Paul Pelosi Hammer Case)

The lawsuit, filed by Consortium News, points to NewsGuard’s contract with the Pentagon and its ties to national security officials as evidence of government funding.

NewsGuard has also been criticized for undermining the credibility of conservative media while giving perfect ratings to establishment media outlets.

NewsGuard’s general manager denied claims of government influence, stating that the company rates sites based on journalistic criteria.

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