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GOP lawmakers demand Biden admin investigation into Antifa after journalist is attacked again

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Republican representatives wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland Tuesday to demand that he investigate ongoing violence in Portland. Reps. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Cliff Bentz (R-OR) signed the letter to know how the Department of Justice will be examining “Antifa’s orchestrated campaign of violence and intimidation.”

This letter comes after journalist Andy Ngô survived yet another violent attack over Memorial day weekend. Ngô was undercover, reporting on the most recent riots in Portland, Oregon, when he says he “was chased, attacked and beaten by a masked mob.”

The House Judiciary Committee sent similar letters in the past. “We have repeatedly urged the Biden Administration to address the left-wing violence in Portland,” this most recent letter reads. “Your refusal to do so has only emboldened these radical agitators to the degree that they feel comfortable targeting and viciously attacking a member of the press.”

Now, the committee wants to know if the Justice Department is pursuing the identification and prosecution of Antifa members. They are also calling for a briefing on the matter.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Facebook, Instagram Employees ‘Censor or Delete’ Protests against Iran

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Former and current Facebook and Instagram employees are shedding light onto the “fact checkers” that are censoring vital content such as protests against Iran. “According to a report by BBC Persian, these employees admitted that at all levels of the company, the Iran regime’s influence has infiltrated, leaving biased and pro-regime content monitors to restrict, censor or delete posts about the current protests in Iran” reports The Foreign Desk.

Similar to censorship at the companies in the United States and elsewhere, the behavior is its own political movement. “The actions by these Iranian employees to remove images of the demonstrations in Iran and associated hashtags helps reinforce the Islamic Republic’s argument that the protests are not so widespread.”

According to one of the former employees who had his identity hidden for security purposes, told the BBC Persian in an interview from Germany, that the workers travel back and forth between Europe and Iran. “About 90 percent” of the decision making on censorship is done by these “fact checkers.”

“These are individuals who single-handedly take posts down. According to the source, employees are not allowed to have their personal cellular devices with them at their workstations, so these individuals go to the break room to report a post from their personal phones and then come back to their workstations and address the ‘complaint’ they just created.”

 

The Foreign Desk adds:

In 2019 TELUS International became the third-party company contracted with Instagram and Facebook to become their fact checkers and address complaints from users reporting posts for violent, hateful, or threatening material. 

A second source, a former TELUS employee, said approximately 400-500 Iranians work at the company in Germany, a country that is known to have diplomatic and bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic. 

The Islamic Republic has learned from the Green Revolution of 2009 to infiltrate Western social media outlets and their parent companies to control the narrative and prevent the international community from siding with anti-regime demonstrators.

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