Folks, Judicial Watch has done it once again.
Thanks to another FOIA request, they’ve discovered more fraud and scheming.
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They took on the Iowa Secretary of State this time, and the results are alarming but not unexpected.
Officials from the Iowa Secretary of State worked closely with Facebook to censor messages about the 2020 election, according to records.
This is often referred to as “Election Interference.”
Paul Pate, the Iowa secretary of state, is a “Republican.”
According to Judicial Watch, the Iowa Secretary of State’s office sent them 624 pages of documents showing how state officials forced social media companies (Twitter and Facebook) to delete content about the 2020 election.
Emails from Iowa state officials to members of Big Tech, urging these firms to delete Judicial Watch’s blogs, were included in these documents. The emails demonstrate how the state agency was able to persuade Facebook to censor Judicial Watch’s post about Iowa’s voter-roll management.
The documents were obtained as a result of a June 2020 Iowa Open Records lawsuit filed after the Iowa Secretary of State refused to comply with a February 2020 request for records and correspondence about a Judicial Watch study on the state’s voter registration rolls (Judicial Watch v. Iowa Secretary of State (No. 05771 EQCE085973)). Judicial Watch was the representative.
Officials from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office lobbied officials from Facebook and Twitter on several occasions to try to get these companies to delete Judicial Watch posts that posed questions about Iowa’s inability to maintain correct election rolls, according to the documents.
In an email to Facebook official Rachel Holland on February 3, 2020, at 5:19 p.m., Kevin Hall, the communications director for the Iowa Secretary of State, wrote:
This fake narrative has been playing whack-a-mole with us all day. If there’s something you can do to help, please let us know: https://www.facebook.com/JudicialWatch/posts/10157583458431943] [likely]
We’ve told them that it’s a hoax. It’s pinned to the very top of their list.
Here’s how we respond: https://sos.iowa.gov/news/2020 02 02.html http://sos.iowa.gov/news/2020 02 02.html
Holland wrote back at 6:11 p.m., saying:
Returning with an update on the material published by Judicial Watch. This material has been classified false by third-party fact checkers, and we’ve added a filter to it that warns users before they click to see it that it has been rated false by independent fact checkers.
Please continue to report infringing material to [email protected], with a copy to me ([email protected]), as I will be on a plane for the next few hours. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other subject.
“Thank you!” Hall responded a few hours later. They’ve put up new stories, doubling down on their lies.”
“Thanks for flagging- we have a full team with eyes on this now and are applying the false filter to similar posts as well,” Holland replied. I’ll give you another update as soon as I can!”