In the digital age, the battle for free speech has extended to the virtual frontiers of social media and Big Tech platforms. It has also prompted more debate about the role of government in policing speech.
Since that pesky First Amendment prohibits the state from directly working to silence dissenting viewpoints, the authoritarian elements in American politics have sought other ways to stop the spread of ideas that contradict progressive ideology.
Several organizations have cropped up ostensibly to challenge the spread of misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms. One such organization is the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), which has found itself in the crosshairs for allegedly using deceptive means to obtain its tax-exempt status.
Racket News published a report highlighting how the State Department has been providing funding to the organization, which supposedly exists to crack down on hate speech and fake news online. Documents revealed that the U.K.-based group essentially conned the IRS into granting tax-exempt status.
Explosive documents from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) show that one of the world’s most powerful “anti-disinformation” groups, the Center for Countering Digital Hate Inc. (“CCDH Inc.”), provided incorrect information to the IRS in its…