Twitter files reveal growing government surveillance – Matt Taibbi – RT World News

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US federal agencies have played an important role in the run-up to the 2020 election, an investigative journalist told RT.

While reviewing files on Twitter, investigative journalist Matt Taibbi discovered a pattern of increasing government surveillance of the social media platform, he told RT’s John Kiriakou on Saturday’s episode. “From the guards”.

Since buying Twitter for $44 billion in October, Musk has released a trove of documents shedding light on the platform’s previously obscure censorship policies, hiring independent journalists to tear through each trove of documents. Freelance journalist Matt Taibbi was the first to publish the communications that revealed the company’s efforts to suppress messages about Hunter Biden’s laptop, the contents of which implicated the Biden family in multiple foreign corruption schemes.

“I wasn’t that interested in the story” Taibbi told Kiriakou. “The question I’m really interested in is what level of communication and coordination exists between Twitter and federal law enforcement, perhaps the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, or agencies outside the White House.”


While researching Twitter’s decision to ban then-President Donald Trump’s account in early 2021, Taibbi said he began noticing instant messages between Twitter executives. “DHS reports this, the FBI reports this. “”

“This immediately told us something very important, that Twitter is responsible for handling requests from federal law enforcement agencies,” he said. he said.

Taibbi revealed that Twitter will receive a list of thousands of suspended accounts ahead of the 2020 election. These lists are provided to the company by the FBI, CIA, NSA, Pentagon, State Department, Treasury and others. and sometimes came in the form of Excel spreadsheets where employees could be barred from asking any questions.

“There were so many requests, they got the set one day and when they finished it there was a round of applause in the chat,” Taibbi told Kiriakou.

At one point, Twitter employees received a list of accounts from the State Department that they banned from spreading so-called Russian information. “disinformation”, Since the department did not provide any evidence, they argued that nothing should be done. However, a Twitter official who previously worked for the CIA told them they should have reported the accounts anyway because the site “Government partners are becoming more aggressive” with demands for censorship.

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“This decision was important because it was one of those moments when Twitter really realized, ‘We can’t say no anymore.'” Taibbi explained.

Since Taibbi posted his first story on Hunter Biden’s laptop, other reports have surfaced that Twitter has aided the censored US military’s online influence campaigns. “Stories against Ukraine” Removed on behalf of several US intelligence agencies “legal content” On behalf of the White House on and related to Covid-19 “Russiagate” prank.

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