A legal campaign against universities and think tanks seeks to undermine the fight against false claims about elections, vaccines and other hot political topics.
So this beats all for me, when the GOP goes after the folks who are analyzing the Republican's "freedom of speech" efforts at maximizing their dissemination of disinformation as a political weapon in order to win elections. That it's the GOP that's ramrodding this effort and the Democrats are not is quite telling. It's as if the GOP's political weapon of choice is being yanked out from under them and they are determined that that disingenuously essential tool of theirs needs to be protected by all means and measure.
"On Capitol Hill and in the courts, Republican lawmakers and activists are mounting a sweeping legal campaign against universities, think tanks and private companies that study the spread of disinformation, accusing them of colluding with the government to suppress conservative speech online.
The effort has encumbered its targets with expansive requests for information and, in some cases, subpoenas — demanding notes, emails and other information related to social media companies and the government dating back to 2015. Complying has consumed time and resources and already affected the groups’ ability to do research and raise money, according to several people involved."