I’ve been commenting in various forums about censorship and propaganda for many years. Usually meeting indifference, apathy and — concerning some of the more Orwellian goings on — incredulity. I wonder how this report will be greeted.
Stumble Joe wants to censor private text messages, according to Politico (link in source) and use cell phones to push government approved information to users. Covid-19 is the excuse. Social engineering (psychological operations) is the method.
Such a plan, if implemented, would be clearly unconstitutional. Our government is not allowed to use third parties to violate constitutional protections. Surely texting is protected speech; it isn’t even public.
If government can intervene in private text conversations it can intervene in voice conversations. How would you like it if fact checkers interrupted your voice calls to correct things you say or hear? That’s what this amounts to.
I agree with RedState: This plan is evil.