Elon Musk, the new head of Twitter, continues to set the agenda with his statements exposing the actions of the previous administration.
The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, exposed the censorship correspondence between the previous administration of Twitter and the Democrats through a Twitter user named Matt Tibi, who is known as the freelance journalist.
Correspondence that El-Tayeb shared with the “Twitter Files” header, which included messages between Twitter employees shared by Musk.
Al-Tibi, who issued a series of tweets based on the files he received from Musk, indicated that Twitter was created for very free communication, but with the passage of time, various control mechanisms had to be added to the platform for security reasons.
Pointing out that applications developed against initiatives such as financial fraud have acquired a manipulative dimension over time, Taiba stated that there have been requests to interfere with content on the platform from outside and that managers have met these demands.
Sharing a screenshot of an email, Taib wrote that by 2020, requests from many actors, from politicians to celebrities and corporations, to delete posts from Twitter had become routine.
There is more to vet from the Biden team, said Taibah, who mentioned that the Biden team sent several share links to the company for removal during the 2020 presidential race, in a screenshot of a share. Send an email that says, “Covered.” Response found.
Tibi, who reported that he examined the files and presented both Democrats and Republicans demands, noted that those who were received positively were more Democrats.
Recalling that the New York Post published disclosure files obtained from the contents of Hunter Biden’s mobile device on October 14, 2020, Taibah said, based on correspondence between Twitter managers, that the company removed links to this news from the site and added “unsafe” warnings were recorded. on posts.
“They implemented the plugin that was used to share like child pornography, preventing it from being transmitted through direct messages,” Taibi said. Use his statements.
In fact, then-White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany stated that her account was locked because she tweeted about the news in question, and Taiba shared documents that caused tension between former President Donald Trump’s campaign team and the company, and between the company’s security and communications teams. Policy diff.
Taibah alleged that Twitter management alleged that the Hunter Biden news was removed due to the company’s “unauthorized” policy, but that there were posts in the correspondence that were later provided as an excuse.
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The thread of tweets that Musk retweeted and shared from the account named Bari Weiss, whose bio is reportedly the founding editor of “Free Press,” reported that teams made up of Twitter employees under the previous administration created blacklists.
It has been observed that tweets that are not liked by said lists are prevented from becoming a trend, and visibility of all accounts on the list and even trending topics is effectively limited.
While examples of the allegations were given in the 30 shared twit thread, the previous administration was alleged to have given no warning to users, including known names, during the entire process, and did it all in secret.
Trump account suspension process
Musk revealed, via freelance journalist Mark Tibi, the position of the company’s management during the congressional raid on January 6 and the suspension of Trump’s Twitter account.
Al-Taibi shared on Twitter the correspondence about the violation of the company’s policies and rules by senior management, starting with the events of January 6.
In internal memos from January 6-8, 2021, a Twitter employee asked, “Is this the first time a sitting head of state has been banned?” Al-Tibi, who stated that he made his comment, revealed that the suspension of Trump’s personal account, followed by the suspension of the White House and the presidential account on Twitter, was discussed in the aforementioned correspondence, and stated that its use could be restricted instead.
In the exposed text, it was not overlooked that the Twitter expert stated that the Trump administration would hand the job over to Joe Biden in the near future and that there would be no need to take steps towards these accounts.
As the election approached, he began to take pressure from federal agencies.
Noting that Trump’s account suspension was included in the January 6-8 discussions, Tibi noted that a senior executive wrote that “the context of Trump’s actions” and “what the American leader did during his 4-year presidency necessitated the move.” larger. picture”. He stated that the basis for his plan to remove Twitter from Twitter had already been discussed in correspondence a few months ago.
Noting that Twitter’s suspension of accounts was based on the rules-based automation and personal savings of some executives, Taibba stated that with the 2020 presidential election approaching, the company had begun to take pressure from federal institutions.
Tibi also revealed that by easing the policies, interference with high-level accounts began to be discussed and a “Slack group” was set up for this purpose after January 6th.
Journalist Tibi also shared the correspondence about executives who spoke about election-related content that could be considered violating in relation to federal institutions during the election process.
Tibi said that while Twitter censored news revealing information on the computer of Hunter Biden, the son of US President Biden, company executives met weekly with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Intelligence Directorate, and received their opinions. revealed that he was informed.
Cooperate with the FBI
It was alleged that the previous management of Twitter censored posts and suspended accounts at the request of US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials.
Matt Tibi, known as a freelance journalist, revealed the censorship correspondence between the former Twitter management and the FBI in his posts on his Twitter account.
The disclosure showed to former Twitter management that there was a connection between a senior official of the company and the FBI to censor posts on the social media platform.
He stated that this communication covered more than 150 emails between a senior company executive and the FBI between January 2020 and November 2022.
It was stated in the posts that the important FBI link in the company is Yoel Roth, the former CEO of Twitter, and in several emails from November 2022, the FBI prepared a list of accounts that violate Twitter’s terms of service.
It’s no secret, Matt Tibi said, that governments analyze collected data for various purposes, such as tracking down terrorist criminals or making economic forecasts.
Allegations that “the FBI regularly posts social media content on Twitter”
Referring to revelations about the previous Twitter management, Tibi said: “#TwitterFiles showed something new. Agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security regularly post social media content on Twitter.” He used his remarks.
Tibi noted that most of the content the FBI has flagged for moderation consists of “election misinformation,” including jokes posted to accounts with little followers.
A Twitter employee reported that some of the accounts reported to the FBI have been closed
In the posts, an email sent by Elvis Chan, head of the FBI’s San Francisco cyber branch, said there were 25 accounts identified by the FBI’s National Elections Command that shared “false information about the time, place, and manner of the upcoming election.”
In response to this email, the Twitter employee stated that he had closed 7 of these accounts, temporarily closed one of them, and had tweets from 9 accounts returned to the sender due to violating the misinformation policy. The covert and unofficial method used by the FBI to censor posts on Twitter was also exposed.
Taibah stated that most of the posts on the accounts that were acted upon were sarcastic and had low engagement.
Request to censor posts related to the elections
Matt Taibi’s disclosure also included dozens of emails sent to Twitter by the FBI.
Screenshots of the correspondence the FBI sent to Twitter were shared on a list of accounts the FBI claims provided “false information about the election.”
It has been observed that Twitter has either temporarily or permanently suspended these accounts or censored the posts.
Tibi noted that the FBI has many requests to take action on misinformation that was shared about the election.
Noting that some of the information subject to the requests also includes jokes from accounts with a small number of followers, Taibah reported that FTIF, the FBI’s social media unit, was set up before the 2016 election.
Taiba stated that officials in institutions such as the intelligence or the Ministry of Homeland Security pressured Twitter to control the content.
It is noteworthy that the account of actor Billy (William) Baldwin was also included in the lists that the FBI sent to Twitter, but the Twitter administration did not take any action regarding Baldwin’s account.
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Emails sent by Stacia Cardille, one of the firm’s former legal advisors, to then-Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker in September 2020 also surfaced.
The correspondence included Cardell Baker, a veteran attorney who previously worked for the Justice Department and the FBI, reporting on the firm’s relationship with agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
Referring to meetings with officials of these institutions, Cardell said, “He was asked explicitly if there were any impediments to the government’s ability to share confidential or relevant information with the social media industry. The FBI was adamant that there were no impediments to sharing information.” “. Use his statements.
“Product” claim from FBI officials to social media managers
Taibeh, who suggested that FBI officials also sent “products” to social media executives, said they were “DHS posts that highlight the need for greater collaboration between law enforcement and private partners.”
He stated that one of these “products” is a newsletter highlighting the “malign Russian influence of permitted social media platforms”.
“The story of Russia’s meddling of 2016 cannot be overstated as an excuse to build a censorship machine.” Tibi noted that this is “similar to the way 9/11 inspired the expansion of the security state.”
Another “product” of the “escalating threat of extremist domestic violence” was mentioned to address “difficulties related to knowledge gaps and the individual nature of radicalization that require increased collaboration between law enforcement and private sector partners” to mitigate this threat.
The bulletin states that these partnerships will improve their ability to detect changes in the “threat of extremist violence” and provide early warning of potential attacks.
On the other hand, Tibi alleged that FBI officials had access to secret and unofficial “tools” to report content to Twitter employees for action.
The official of the FBI’s Internet Branch in San Francisco, Elvis Chan, in an email to former Twitter CEO Yoel Roth, refers to a tool called “Teleporter,” a platform that allows Twitter to receive reports from the FBI.
Tibi also noted that another classified and unofficial “tool” called the Partner Support Portal had been created by the Internet Security Center, a partner agency of the Department of Homeland Security, for state governments to report content.
On the other hand, Thebes values the conclusion that can be drawn from this: “What most people think of as the ‘deep state’ is really a complex collaboration between government agencies, private contractors, and (sometimes state-funded) NGOs.”
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