On Monday, Congressman Ben Cline (R-VA) introduced H.R. 5531, the End the U.N. Censorship Act. Currently, U.S. contributions to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are being used to develop and implement an artificial intelligence (AI) assisted fact-checking tool, iVerify, to label and censor speech online as mis-, dis-, and mal- information, as well as toxic or hate speech. This legislation would prohibit U.S. taxpayer funds from being used to further the UNDP’s iVerify initiative.
Rep. Ben Cline said, “The United Nations Development Programme’s iVerify tool is something straight out of Orwell’s 1984, using AI to help label, suppress, and censor speech online at the expense of American tax dollars. That’s wrong and goes against the very principles enshrined in the First Amendment. We must prevent taxpayer dollars from playing any part in censorship on a global scale, and my bill will do just that.”