The CEO of an organization funded by leftist billionaire George Soros went to Davos to whine that some U.S. government censorship actions have been restricted.
During the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Davos 2024 conference, Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Alexandra Reeve Givens pushed for increased censorship of free speech and fear-mongered about “AI-generated misinformation,” as reported by Reclaim the Net. Givens even specifically cited her Center’s work with election officials to boost only sources of which she approves and censor other voices, potentially an endorsement of election interference. Such actions seemed unsurprising given her Center’s funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF).
After praising the Biden administration and whining that the majority of election officials don’t search for information from government websites, she endorsed “legislation and regulation” to address supposed misinformation. “So in the United States, for example, right now we have congressional investigations and lawsuits against people that study misinformation about elections on social media platforms,” Givens said. She then cited the circuit court restrictions on government censorship activities.
“There is currently an injunction in place stopping the Biden administration from communicating with social media platforms about interference threats on the topics of elections that’s actually going before the United States Supreme Court this year,” she mourned.
Givens slammed the pro-free speech injunction, totally ignoring the fact that the Constitution protects free speech. “So we’re in this bizarre environment where right as the threats are ticking up, the investments in actually doing the day-to-day work of online trust and safety for our information environment is being scaled back and is under attack,” she griped.
Specifically for artificial intelligence, Givens had recommendations for labeling content and other censorship policies. She gloomily noted that some social media is decreasing its investment in censorship, or what she called trust and safety, around elections. After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, social media companies learned to track alleged “misinformation”, Givens noted, and this must continue despite lawsuits and Congressional scrutiny.
Such anti-free speech rhetoric is likely to please Soros. OSF gave the Center for Democracy and Technology $836,000 in grants between 2016 and 2022, per the OSF website.
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