Campaign funded by Pfizer and Moderna sent Twitter weekly lists of tweets to be labelled as 'misinformation' and deleted.
The Public Good Projects (PGP), a supposedly non-profit organisation that fights what it calls Covid “misinformation,” reportedly received $1,275,000 from another group calling themselves Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) which is really al lobbying group for Pharmaceutical companies; Pfizer and Moderna The money was described as being used for a 'content moderation campaign' that formed the basis of Twitter's Covid Misinformation Rules.
Journalist Lee Fang followed the money back to its (inevitable) source. Sure enough, Twitter's Covid 'misinformation' policy was being dictated by the very drugs companies making the 'cure'. A series of NGOs and not for profit organisations were set up to obfuscate the paper trail which all came to an abrupt end when Elon Musk bought Twitter.
Lee Fang published one of the weekly emails that Twitter received from PGP as part of the latest release of the Twnitter Files — collections of internal Twitter communications that have exposed the censorshiprelationships Twitter had with government agencies and other powerful groups before Elon Musk took over.
The email shows Todd O’Boyle, a senior manager on Twitter’s Public Policy team, sharing “this week’s misinfo report” from PGP. The February 24, 2022 email included a list of top trends the PGP had seen during the week and two attached lists. According to Fang, one of the lists contained tweets the PGP wanted Twitter to take down and the other list contained tweets that it wanted Twitter to verify.
Despite flagging two trends in this weekly misinfo report, the PGP admitted that articles related to the first trend “do not contain misinformation themselves but are using the news to further prove the CDC is untrustworthy.”
The PGP also acknowledged that the second trending article it flagged, which described a German health insurance company official suggesting that reports of healthcare visits for vaccine side effects may be severely undercounted, “is difficult to fact check because it does note that this data includes any side effect, not just serious side effects.”
Fang also noted that this campaign flagged a tweet from senior Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientist Stephanie Seneff that questioned vaccine passports on the basis that vaccinated and unvaccinated people have “roughly the same capacity to carry, shed and transmit the virus.”
Additionally, Fang shared a screenshot of a BIO tax form that revealed part of the funding ($883,000) it provided to PGP for this campaign.
The PGP campaign is called “Stronger” and, according to Fang, it worked with Twitter to craft the platform’s content moderation rules around Covid misinformation, helped Twitter create content moderation bots, and helped Twitter select which public health accounts got verification.
Stronger says its goal is to “stop the spread of misinformation” and its website contains a page that encourages people to flag misinformation to Twitter and other platforms.
This page also contains a form for users to submit alleged misinformation to Stronger.
“Paste the link to a post, account, or website below, and the Stronger team will report it to the appropriate platform,” the form states.
Fang’s revelations are the latest of several examples of those affiliated with Pfizer pushing for the censorship of content that questions or criticizes Covid vaccines.