U.S. Government Approves “Spying” On Online Speech 

(NewsGlobal.com)- In a column in The Federalist, attorney Margot Cleveland reveals that since 2020, the federal government has been awarding grants involving “disinformation” and “misinformation,” particularly for research into the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to monitor internet communications. 

According to Cleveland the Department of Defense and other agencies in the federal government are paying public relations and communications firms to convert their technology that tracks internet discussions about their products into tools that the government can use to monitor speech online. 

The technology being developed through funding from the government will be able to “mine” large segments of the Internet to identify communications the federal government deems harmful, allowing the government to track communications and launch countermeasures to prevent them from going viral. 

By using artificial intelligence and machine learning, the government can identify in real-time the origins of so-called “influence operations” and how they spread, allowing the government to prevent the narrative from spreading before it makes its way to the general public.

But according to Cleveland, such technology poses a danger to free speech as the government is partnering with “Big Tech, Big Business, and media outlets” to censor the free speech of Americans under the false claim that it is “combatting” so-called “misinformation.” 

Cleveland warns that artificial intelligence and machine learning, by design, have “unlimited potential” to flag internet discussions on every conceivable subject. She warns that online discussions don’t have to be about elections, terrorism, or war for the government to decide it is “within its purview to fact-check.” 

She explains that the danger from such technology is heightened further because the American news media, whose job it is to warn the public about government overreach, are among those demanding that the federal government do more to silence the free speech of American citizens. 

Read Cleveland’s entire column HERE.