In a move heralded by its creators as a bold step against “online misinformation and hate speech,” the United Nations (U.N.) has launched its “automated” fact-checking tool. The initiative, which carries the name “iVerify,” is a product of collaboration between the U.N., Big-Tech companies, and organizations funded by billionaire globalist George Soros.
The project’s spearhead, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ascertains that the tool will help combat the spread of “misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech.” UNDP officials have expressed concern over these issues, arguing that they “threaten peace and security, disproportionately affecting those who are already vulnerable.”
Developed in cooperation with the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC), tech titans like Facebook and Google, and the Soros-supported International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), iVerify aims to identify and counteract false information. The system is slated to be employed by “national actors” worldwide, enabling them to more efficiently identify, monitor and counter perceived threats to “information integrity.”
This international endeavor has already been tested in Sierra Leone, where it is being utilized to “bolster” the upcoming general elections on June 24. The UNDP assures that the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and the Independent Radio Network (IRN) will proactively employ the technology to address misinformation.
Now they're automating the censors.
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) June 19, 2023
The initiative, however, has drawn sharp criticism from several quarters. Canadian Professor and renowned Psychologist Jordan Peterson labeled the automated fact-checking system as an “Orwellian nightmare.” Many critics view the partnership between the U.N., Big-Tech, and Soros-funded entities with wariness, considering the extensive influence these entities wield on the global information landscape.
Internews, a non-profit founded by self-proclaimed Marxist David Hoffman and bankrolled by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, stands out among these collaborators. The U.S. government also significantly supports Internews, which has seen figures like Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to President Obama, on its board of directors.
The U.N.’s selection of partners for this venture is worth noting, particularly given the controversy surrounding some of these organizations. Many critics argue that including Big Tech firms and Soros-backed entities could lead to biases and potential conflicts of interest. The term ‘fact’ can quickly become contested when such powerful actors are involved in its verification.
As the iVerify system readies for deployment in Liberia’s October elections, it’s crucial to question the potential implications. It’s not the intention to combat misinformation causing discomfort – it’s the unblinking faith in the arbiters of that “truth.” After all, who verifies the verifiers?