House Judiciary panel investigating WEF-backed scheme to censor 'Harmful' online content

Chairman Jim Jordan has issued subpoenas to look into an advertising project that includes the World Economic Forum (WEF), which claims to be fighting against "harmful" online content.

Updated: May 6, 2023 - 2:55pm

The House Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Jim Jordan, issued subpoenas on Thursday to look into an advertising project that includes the World Economic Forum (WEF), which claims to be fighting against "harmful" online content.

The committee's concern is that the project, the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM), along with the group that created it, the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), "may be facilitating coordination by its members in a manner that violates U.S. antitrust law," according to The Daily Wire.

The outlet obtained cover letters from the Judiciary Committee, in which Chairman Jordan wrote to the law firm representing the collectives: "To advance our oversight and inform potential legislation related to these collusive practices, the Committee must understand whether, how, and to what extent GARM and WFA facilitate collusion to prevent certain content from benefiting from advertising dollars and to reduce that content’s presence online."

The WFA website shows that GARM has dozens of influential members, including Budweiser-owner Anheuser-Busch InBev, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Meta, Twitter, and YouTube.

The stated ambition of GARM, is "to get the digital media ecosystem working together on the shared priorities that will lead to the removal of harmful content from advertiser-supported social media." To many conservatives familiar with the recent Twitter Files exposé, and the cancel culture in general, this sounds like another effort to label conservative viewpoints as misinformation, and to institutionalize it.

The WEF, which critics view as a hub for global elites pushing policies to whittle away at some of the basic freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and lead a pathway towards global government at the expense of national sovereignty, boasts on its website how GARM is a partner that is "creating a safe ecosystem," according to the outlet.  

Jordan writes that the House Judiciary Committee has sought documents and communications "related to how GARM and WFA act to demonetize and eliminate disfavored content online, in addition to other information" ever since March of this year.

Deadlines are set for May 26.

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