THE TWITTER FILES: The Latest Release — The FBI Subsidiary
In the latest release of ‘THE TWITTER FILES,’ journalist Matt Taibbi details how Twitter acted as a ‘subsidiary’ of the FBI.
As a reminder, parts 1-3 of the series covered respectively, Twitter’s decision to interfere in the 2020 election by censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story, how the company created secret blacklists, and how they justified removing former President Donald Trump despite internally agreeing that he didn’t break any rules (parts one, two and three).
Take it away, Matt:
2. The #TwitterFiles are revealing more every day about how the government collects, analyzes, and flags your social media content.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 16, 2022
3. Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive, as if it were a subsidiary.
4. Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth.
19.Agent Chan passed the list on to his “Twitter folks”:
20. Twitter then replied with its list of actions taken. Note mercy shown to actor Billy Baldwin:
21.Many of the above accounts were satirical in nature, nearly all (with the exceptions of Baldwin and @RSBNetwork) were relatively low engagement, and some were suspended, most with a generic, “Thanks, Twitter” letter:
32.The executive circulates the “products,” which are really DHS bulletins stressing the need for greater collaboration between law enforcement and “private sector partners.”
33.The ubiquity of the 2016 Russian interference story as stated pretext for building out the censorship machine can’t be overstated. It’s analogous to how 9/11 inspired the expansion of the security state.
34.While the DHS in its “products” pans “permissive” social media for offering “operational advantages” to Russians, it also explains that the “Domestic Violent Extremist Threat” requires addressing “information gaps”:
35.FBI in one case sent over so many “possible violative content” reports, Twitter personnel congratulated each other in Slack for the “monumental undertaking” of reviewing them:
36.There were multiple points of entry into Twitter for government-flagged reports. This letter from Agent Chan to Roth references Teleporter, a platform through which Twitter could receive reports from the FBI:
37.Reports also came from different agencies. Here, an employee recommends “bouncing” content based on evidence from “DHS etc”:
41.Here, a video was reported by the Election Integrity Project (EIP) at Stanford, apparently on the strength of information from the Center for Internet Security (CIS):
42.If that’s confusing, it’s because the CIS is a DHS contractor, describes itself as “partners” with the Cyber and Internet Security Agency (CISA) at the DHS:
KABOOM 💥💥💥💥💥 https://t.co/TS3jFZ51VR
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Also the irony of where the real interference came from https://t.co/tye6NEiRTu
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 16, 2022
Instead of waiting for flagged content to gain warrants, the Obama approach allowed FBI/DHS/DOJ-NSD to analyze raw data scraped as the result of *new warrantless self-granted surveillance authorities* to monitor domestic speech and communication networks. https://t.co/7UuoVFm1Up
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) December 16, 2022
FBI asked Twitter to track physical locations of users who said the 2020 election was stolen.
Holy hell. Twitter was basically used as a surveillance tool by the FBI so they could conduct intimidation raids at peoples’ homes if they made posts questioning the 2020 election. 😳 https://t.co/du8rIeRpr7
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 16, 2022
(TLB) published this article from ZeroHedge as compiled by Tyler Durden and Matt Taibbi
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