White House Relies on British Dark Money Group to Identify ‘Misinformation’ and Justify Censorship

A left-wing dark money group in Great Britain is behind the Biden regime’s claim that 12 social media personalities are responsible for the majority of vaccine misinformation online. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the group’s findings during the daily press briefing on Thursday after she announced that the administration has been coordinating with social media companies to combat what they consider COVID “disinformation.”

“There’s about 12 people that are producing 65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms. All of them remain active on Facebook despite some of them even being banned on other platforms including ones that Facebook owns,” Psaki said.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) discussed the group behind the claim in a series of tweets Tuesday.

“For days now, the Biden’s Administration has said 12 people are ‘guilty’ of spreading #COVID19 ‘misinformation’ on social media. Who compiled this list for them? The Center for Countering Digital Hate. A foreign dark money group,” Hawley tweeted, linking to a Guardian article titled, “Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds.”

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) is a nonprofit and non-governmental organization that has offices in London and Washington, D.C., according to Fox Business. The NGO was founded by Imran Ahmed, formerly the senior political adviser to Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn from 2012 until 2016. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn forced Benn to step down after it was discovered he was orchestrating a campaign to oust Corbyn. Ahmed describes himself as “a recognized authority on the social and psychological dynamics of social media.”

Ahmed’s group was reportedly founded in December 2017 to pressure big tech firms such as YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, and Apple to stop providing services to individuals or websites whom they say promote hate and misinformation. In mid-2020, CCDH began aiming its fire at vaccine skeptics.

The group reported in March that 12 social media accounts—dubbed “the disinformation dozen”—are responsible for 65 percent of vaccine misinformation.

“The Disinformation Dozen are twelve anti-vaxxers who play leading roles in spreading digital misinformation about Covid vaccines,” the report claims. “They were selected because they have large numbers of followers, produce high volumes of anti-vaccine content or have seen rapid growth of their social media accounts in the last two months.”

“This is the same dark money group that tried to have the conservative @FDRLST deplatformed last year. And they’ve gone after other conservative sites as well, like @BreitbartNews,” Hawley tweeted, referring to the CCDH’s efforts last summer to strip The Federalist of its Google ad revenue.

CCDH also ranked American Greatness the number-one purveyor of “Fake News and racist narratives” in a report calling for the defunding of 10 conservative websites in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police last summer.

“Fake News and racist narratives can cause real-world harms: dehumanising black people and whipping up fear. Stop Funding Fake News is fighting back: we’re calling on advertisers to blacklist these 10, U.S-based, racist Fake News sites,”  CCDH opined.

Hawley said Americans deserve to know who is funding the “overseas dark money group” behind these partisan attacks.  “Big Tech? Billionaire activists? Foreign governments? We have no idea. Americans deserve to know what foreign interests are attempting to influence American democracy,” Hawley wrote.


On Friday, Psaki defended the Biden regime’s collaboration with Facebook and other social media companies, arguing it was necessary because the perceived  “misinformation” was causing people to reject the experimental vaccines and die of COVID.  Joe Biden flat-out told a reporter that social media platforms are “killing people.”

“We’re regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives, dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media. And we work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies,” Psaki said.

She told Fox News reporter Peter Doocy that the list of 12 social media accounts was not a secret. “I will tell you these are people who were sharing information on a public platform, she said.

Psaki also stated that if a user is banned from one platform “for providing misinformation” that user should be banned from all others.

Ironically, the press sec. on Friday engaged in some “misinformation” of her own when she erroneously referred to the experimental mRNA vaccines as “approved” to push back against social media users who claim they are risky and untested.

“This is what they’re . . . what the information . . . some of this misinformation is doing . . . and misleads the public by falsely alleging that mRNA vaccines are untested and, thus, risky, even though many of them are approved and have gone through the gold standard of the FDA approval process,” Psaki said, even though the Pfizer, and Moderna mRNA vaccines have only been approved for emergency use.

“But, certainly, pushing information out there that these tested, approved vaccines are ineffective and unhelpful — a lot of people on these platforms, they’re not discriminating, as you all know, between the source of the information,” Psaki said.

Pfizer admits on its own website that its COVID vaccine is not FDA approved, and has only been authorized for emergency use.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 16 years of age and older.

Moderna has a similar disclaimer on its website. 

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID‑19.

As does the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) website:

The Janssen COVID‑19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized by FDA through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for active immunization to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) in individuals 18 years of age and older. The emergency use of this product is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of the medical product under Section 564(b)(1) of the FD&C Act, unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner.

Although a big part of CCDH’s mission is allegedly to counter “coronavirus misinformation,” the group had nothing to say about Psaki’s whoppers.

CCDH was registered as Brixton Endeavours Ltd before re-registering as Center For Countering Digital Hate in November 2019, AltNewsMedia reported.

The group succeeded in getting British conservative commentator Katie Hopkins, whose account had more than 1 million followers, banned from Twitter in January 2020.

CCDH claimed responsibility for the censorship after meeting with Twitter UK and presenting a case for Hopkins to be banned.

CCDH have been endorsed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and pundit Gary Lineker. This meeting took place without Katie in attendance to provide context to whatever was raised, or to defend herself and the tweets in question. The group had also not seen fit to engage with Katie prior to the meeting. Action was swift (the day following the meeting) and the gloating from the left wing press followed almost instantly (The Independent managed to publish an article within moments of the ban, suggesting they may have been briefed).

The “Disinformation Dozen,” according to the group, include physicians, a bodybuilder, a wellness blogger, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr, the nephew of John F. Kennedy.

1. Joseph Mercola
2. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
3. Ty and Charlene Bollinger
4. Sherri Tenpenny
5. Rizza Islam
6. Rashid Buttar
7. Erin Elizabeth
8. Sayer Ji
9. Kelly Brogan
10. Christiane Northrup
11. Ben Tapper
12. Kevin Jenkins

“Facebook, Google, and Twitter have put policies into place to prevent the spread of vaccine misinformation; yet to date, all have failed to satisfactorily enforce those policies,” Ahmed claimed in the report. “All have been particularly ineffective at removing harmful and dangerous misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.”

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing at the White house in Washington, DC, on July 19, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)