Biden Administration, Gaming Companies Working To Monitor ‘Domestic Extremism’

The Biden administration is reportedly working with gaming companies to target online gamers to “monitor and fight domestic extremism.”

BizPacReview indicated that a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request uncovered a cooperation effort between federal agencies and gaming companies to throttle information sources while monitoring “extremism.”

The office released a so-called “Disinformation Primer,” pointing out that “Domestic Violent Extremists” online use “humor, aesthetics and memes” to spread their messages.

Agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are working with tech companies like Roblox, Discord and Reddit.

With such coordination ongoing, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) “has been quietly pushing private sector technology companies, media organizations, education ministries, national governments and funding bodies to adopt social media censorship practices, according to newly revealed internal documents.”

America First Legal (AFL) filed a FOIA request that revealed a “Disinformation Primer” labeled “for internal use only.”

“USAID’s ‘Disinformation Primer’ outlining its censorship promotion strategies is dated February 2021, the first month after the Biden administration took office after the 2020 election,” the Foundation for Freedom wrote.

“It proposes censorship action items for virtually every governmental, non-governmental and private sector commercial actor across society to both individually and collectively take action against disfavored speech online,” it added.

The founder of Foundation for Freedom, Mike Benz, posted about the findings on X, formerly known as Twitter, showing that “USAID deliberately targeting ‘gaming sites’ for censorship to stop ordinary citizens from forming ‘interpretations of the world that differ from ‘mainstream’ sources.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to Benz’s post, writing, “Wow.”

The Foundation for Freedom reported that USAID’s “Disinformation Primer” uncovers several instances of the agency’s push for pro-censorship strategies, with many being used to “throttle” populists in the 2020 presidential election.

“The USAID Disinformation Primer reveals a detailed compilation of the agency’s advocacy for some the most economically damaging censorship strategies — many of which had been deployed in America to throttle populists in the 2020 election and afterwards,” the Foundation for Freedom wrote.

“… and endorses recommendations from some of the most controversial censorship industry institutions under scrutiny by the US Congress,” it added.