Posted by DrJohn on 17 December, 2022 at 8:20 am. 15 comments already!




This is abominable.

The FBI used Twitter as its own subsidiary to control the narrative in the 2020 election. Matt Taibbi:

Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth.

The FBI was searching for those who questioned election results – even jokes.

The FBI’s social media-focused task force, known as FTIF, created in the wake of the 2016 election, swelled to 80 agents and corresponded with Twitter to identify alleged foreign influence and election tampering of all kinds. Federal intelligence and law enforcement reach into Twitter included the Department of Homeland Security, which partnered with security contractors and think tanks to pressure Twitter to moderate content.

There’s much here for conspiracy theorists vis-a-vis the 2020 election

The #TwitterFiles show something new: agencies like the FBI and DHS regularly sending social media content to Twitter through multiple entry points, pre-flagged for moderation.

So who does the flagging?

An unanswered question: do agencies like FBI and DHS do in-house flagging work themselves, or farm it out? “You have to prove to me that inside the fucking government you can do any kind of massive data or AI search,” says one former intelligence officer.

Taibbi suggests that there was a “master-canine” relationship between the FBI and Twitter in the way the FBI addresses Twitter


All four accounts were suspended.

Sarcasm on both sides fell into the FBI crosshairs



“In an internal email from November 5, 2022, the FBI’s National Election Command Post, which compiles and sends on complaints, sent the SF field office a long list of accounts that “may warrant additional action”:”


Agent Elvis Chan dropped another recommendation


One of the accounts remarked

“I can’t believe the FBI is policing jokes on Twitter. That’s crazy,” said @Tiberius444

But they were. And remember James Baker?

In a letter to former Deputy General Counsel (and former top FBI lawyer) Jim Baker on Sep. 16, 2022, legal exec Stacia Cardille outlines results from her “soon to be weekly” meeting with DHS, DOJ, FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Twitter exec writes she explicitly asked if there were “impediments” to the sharing of classified information “with industry.” The answer? “FBI was adamant no impediments to sharing exist.”

This passage underscores the unique one-big-happy-family vibe between Twitter and the FBI. With what other firm would the FBI blithely agree to “no impediments” to classified information?

At the bottom of that letter, she lists a series of “escalations” apparently raised at the meeting, which were already “handled.”

The FBI was running amuck

The Russian interference nonsense became a premise to expand the surveillance state


The DHS also was in the game.


Even states were playing along with suppression.

The FBI dedicated 80 full time agents to the control of Twitter. Christopher Wray has a lot for which to answer. This really cannot ever happen again. Law Professor Jonathan Turley:

“These files are not just an indictment of the FBI, they’re an indictment of Congress. Congress has shown a steadfast refusal to dig into these censorship allegations, many of us have been writing about this for years. The Democratic members have refused to pursue this, and in fact, Democratic members have pushed social media companies to expand censorship. In the very hearing where Jack Dorsey apologized for the Hunter Biden laptop debacle, the immediate reaction of Democratic senators [was] to tell him, don’t backslide on us, we want more censorship. Well, now, we have, not just censorship, we have blacklisting, we have these shadowbans. All of that is now open to the public. And so, in some ways, Musk has forced people to choose sides. And I think that some of the anger that you see in the media borders on self-loathing. I mean, they’re having now to embrace not just being censorship apologists, but blacklisting and shadowbanning and also lying, because that’s what we’ve seen for the last three years. That’s a lot to take on yourself and still claim that you’re a journalist or you believe in free speech.”

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