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he Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign manager who helped spread one of the most impactful disinformation campaigns in American electoral history was also involved in the federally backed censorship machine against purported election misinformation during the 2020 campaign.
Robby Mook cofounded the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) at Harvard University’s Belfer Center in 2017 and remained a senior fellow there through the 2020 election, becoming a Belfer Center senior fellow in summer 2021. He’s also an adjunct lecturer in the Harvard Kennedy School.
D3P participated in the Election Integrity Partnership, a private consortium founded “in consultation” with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Mook’s project was among several left-of-center “[c]ivil society collaborators [who] submitted tips through the trusted partner tip line and interacted with the EIP research team through briefings, partner meetings, and shared findings,” according to the consortium’s after-action report.
On the table that shows how often collaborators were tagged in misinformation “tickets,” D3P came up just behind the Democratic National Committee, the most partisan group the consortium brought on as a collaborator.
The misinformation reports to tech platforms including Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and Google had a 35% success rate in getting flagged content removed, labeled or “soft-blocked,” the consortium said. Just the News was among several news organizations caught in this dragnet, which also targeted congressional members and candidates.