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CIA And FBI Were Involved In Censorship Online, New Twitter Files Say


The ninth installment of the “Twitter Files” showed that the CIA and FBI were involved in the censorship of content online, according to NewsNation. The documents come as part of Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk releasing internal information that shows the government’s collaboration with executives at the social media company to moderate content that they considered harmful.

The new files were released as part of a series on Christmas Eve. Matt Taibbi, an independent journalist who received the information from Musk, said that the FBI worked as a “doorman to a vast program of social media surveillance and censorship.”

From the State Department to the FBI, there were meetings conducted to address alleged “misinformation” regarding the 2020 election. The meetings were so chaotic that the communication was described as “dizzying,” according to Breitbart.

“Twitter had so much contact with so many agencies that executives lost track. Is today the DOD, and tomorrow the FBI? Is it the weekly call, or the monthly meeting? It was dizzying,” Taibbi writes.

Twitter executives were reportedly tapped to find “Russian misinformation campaigns,” but there was no evidence confirming those cases. Twitter would respond to their claims but still gave up their independence, according to one internal document.

Reports from the Foreign Influence Task Force and the FBI’s San Francisco field office were flowing to Twitter and other major social media companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, even Pinterest, and many others, Taibbi says.

Other Government Agencies, listed as OGAs in the communications, were also reportedly sharing intelligence with Yahoo!, Twitch, Cloudflare, LinkedIn, and even Wikimedia.

Despite finding the FBI’s behavior “odd,” Twitter was comfortable providing the agency with information about political content, such as foreign policy news stories. But despite its interest in foreign interference, the foreign task force was sharing mostly domestic reports with Twitter and requesting that they provide the agency with user IDs and handles.

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