California state officials pressured tech companies to censor social media posts about the 2020 election — informed in part by daily “misinformation” briefings from a consultant tied to the Biden campaign — according to documents from the California secretary of state.
Officials from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office complained to major social media companies about posts containing “misinformation regarding the administration of California’s elections” and were able to pressure several platforms into removing content officials found objectionable, according to records obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch through the California Public Records Act.
The secretary of state’s office combed through social media for problematic posts, even flagging content from users with tiny followings and videos that had only a couple thousand views. In some cases, it appeared to offer no other reason for flagging the content than that the officials disagreed with the opinions expressed.
One such tweet claimed that the Twitter user was staying with a friend in California who had