David French, the “principled conservative” who argued that drag queen story hours in libraries are “blessings of liberty,” confirmed publicly last week that he has advised Big Tech platforms on how to suppress the speech of those who disagree with leftists.
The Atlantic contributor and Dispatch senior editor’s first sentence begins, “A few years ago, I was invited to a closed-door meeting with senior executives from a major social media company.” The Dispatch became a paid censor in 2020 to assist Facebook in suppressing conservative ideas under the guise of “fact-checking.”
As a Facebook censor, The Dispatch has contributed to suppressing accurate information while controlling the leftist conversation. This has included removing accurate pro-life advertisements from Facebook to protect Joe Biden’s candidacy and restrict nonviolent political speech. Steve Hayes, CEO of Dispatch, also defended Facebook’s interference in the 2020 election by censoring a true story about Hunter Biden’s corruption, which may financially benefit his father.
In 2016, Facebook debuted its third-party fact-checking program. By the year 2020, more than fifty publications, including The Dispatch, agreed to do Big Tech’s censorship dirty work. Facebook has tasked throttlers like The Dispatch to “reduce the spread of misinformation and provide users with more reliable information.”
The Dispatch describes itself as a center-right media outlet. It called for the impeachment of Donald Trump, which was opposed by the vast majority of Republican voters.
The advertisements for the defense of the unborn are pro-life. The Dispatch suppressed coverage of the abortion-until-birth stances of 2020 Democratic candidates, including Joe Biden. The NeverTrump website claimed that the advertisements contained “partially false information.”
“Biden has not expressed support for late-term abortions, which, although not a medical term, refer to abortions performed at 21 weeks or later. And neither candidate has expressed support for abortion ‘until the moment of birth,'” Dispatch falsely reported.
Shortly after The Federalist published an article elaborating on the censorship, The Dispatch asserted that the fact check, which remained on social media for three days before being removed, was still in “draft form” and published in “error.”
The Dispatch continued to accept money to silence conservatives and conservative causes despite this fact. These suppressors are compensated from Facebook’s more than $100 million “fact-checking” investment for their participation in the anti-free speech crusade of Big Tech.
Dispatch is not ashamed of its partnership with Facebook. Both The Dispatch and Facebook’s websites make it abundantly clear that they are pleased to be advancing the goal of silencing anyone they deem problematic together.