Some of the oldest media organizations in the world illegally colluded with Big Tech companies to censor news publishers, according to a new lawsuit.
Reuters, the Associated Press, the BBC, and the other organizations violated U.S. law with the collusion, which was done after forming a new coalition called the Trusted News Initiative (TNI), the 108-page suit alleges.
The coalition was formed in 2020 to try to stop “harmful disinformation myths” and “fake news,” according to the BBC. Jessica Cecil of the BBC, the former head of TNI, has described the coalition as “cooperation between tech and media,” with the work including finding “practical ways to choke off” alleged false information from sources that aren’t part of the group.
That led to Big Tech censorship of competitors to the media organizations, such as Children’s Health Defense, a nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness of vaccine safety concerns, the nonprofit said in the new suit.
But the TNI has actually deemed accurate or possibly true information as false, including the possibility that COVID-19 originated from a laboratory in China, Children’s Health Defense says.