Emails Reveal Katie Hobbs While Secretary of State Pressured Twitter and Facebook to Censor Her GOP Opponents

Newly released emails reveal that Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs while serving as secretary of state overseeing elections, had her staff pressure social media companies to censor posts by her Republican opponents under the guise of “misinformation.” Her targets included the Arizona Republican Party and former conservative legislator Kelly Townsend.

The AZGOP tweeted, “EXPOSED: @GovernorHobbs has relentlessly censored major entities, including the Arizona Republican Party. Shocked? We’re not. It’s time for transparency and accountability. This goes beyond politics—it’s a matter of principle.”

Arizona Capitol Oversight (ACO), which released a report about the findings, obtained over 100 pages of emails revealing the collaboration.

Hobbs’ team reported a tweet from AZGOP on December 9, 2020, to the Center for Internet Security (CIS) misinformation team — a nonprofit entity funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The tweet quoted a Stop the Steal activist who said, “I am willing to give my life for this fight.” The AZGOP added, “He is. Are you?”

Hobbs’ communications director described the tweet as “deranged and unhinged.” CIS responded and said it had forwarded the tweet to DHS and also contact Twitter.

Read the rest of the article at The Arizona Sun Times
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