FOI Documents Reveal Australian Government Colluded With Big Tech to Suppress Speech on Covid

FOI Documents Reveal Australian Government Colluded With Big Tech to Suppress Speech on Covid

It’s been reported that the latest FOI docs have revealed the fact that the Australian Government has colluded with big t ech in order to suppress the speech on covid. Check out the latest reports about this below.

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A Freedom of Information request by Senator Alex Antic has revealed that the Australian Department of Home Affairs made over 4,000 requests to digital platforms to take down content related to Covid.

“The FOI documents show that from the start of the pandemic up to December 15th 2022, the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) referred 4,213 social media posts that officials believed to be in breach of Big Tech platforms’ community guidelines. This comes as a surprise, given that the Department’s purview includes border security, counter-terrorism and immigration, but not public health,” according to the latest reports. 

According to the same reports, it seems that Covid social media posts were reported to platforms under the Online Content Incident Arrangement (OCIA). A copy of the OCIA was provided in the FOI response, however, every page but the cover was redacted.

“In Senate Hearings Monday, May 22nd 2023, DOHA representatives told Senator Antic that the OCIA was initially set up in the wake of the 2019 Christchurch shootings as a counter-terrorism effort to monitor and report Terrorism & Violent Extremist Content (TVEC).”

On the other hand, it is important to note the fact that however, under the Scott Morrison Government, the Department was given the directive to, “lean in on Covid dis- and misinformation”.

Senator Antic responded:

“What you’re describing, effectively there is a censorship industrial complex that arises out of the Department of Health, presumably ATAGI and the Therapeutic Goods Association (sic) directing traffic through the Department of Home Affairs to enforce that?”

We suggest that you check out more important details about this in order to learn the truth. 

Rada Mateescu

Passionate about freedom, truth, humanity, and subjects from the science and health-related areas, Rada has been blogging for about ten years, and at Health Thoroughfare, she's covering the latest news on these niches.

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