We are now on part 7 of the Twitter files, where new Owner Elon Musk has promised to bring transparency to the public, to regain trust and to protect democracy.
Before we dive into the latest file drop, lets take a quick recount of how we got here from the first files dropped and what has been exposed in each one.
Twitter Files Part 1: Elon Musk shares sensitive old Twitter’s employees conversation revealing censorship on the platform…
World’s richest man and new Twitter boss Elon Musk on Saturday released the first part of his ‘expose’ called the ‘Twitter Files’. Released with an independent journalist Matt Taibbi, the Twitter Files part 1 shows the social media platform’s internal exchange with the campaign team of US President Joe Biden during the 2020 US Elections.
The expose reveals the inside story behind Twitter’s decision to censor the story around President Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop. Titled, “The Twitter Files, Part One: How and Why Twitter Blocked the Hunter Biden Laptop Story”, a series of tweets claimed that Twitter took “extraordinary steps” to suppress the story on Biden’s secret emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop published by New York Post in October 2020.
The company removed links to the story from the platform and discouraged users by posting warnings that the content may be “unsafe”. Twitter even blocked transmission via direct messages using a tool “hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography”.
It was further revealed that while the decision was made at the “highest levels of the company”, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey did not have knowledge. Twitter’s former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde played a key role, Taibbi added.
Twitter Files Part 2: Twitters Secret Blacklist…
A new #TwitterFiles investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users.
Twitter Files Part 3: The Removal of Donald Trump Part 1 – October 2020-January 6th
This instalment discusses the decisions behind the removal of formal president Donald Trump.
As soon as they finished banning Trump, Twitter execs started processing new power. They prepared to ban future presidents and White Houses – perhaps even Joe Biden. The “new administration,” says one exec, “will not be suspended by Twitter unless absolutely necessary.”
Twitter executives removed Trump in part over what one executive called the “context surrounding”: actions by Trump and supporters “over the course of the election and frankly last 4+ years.” In the end, they looked at a broad picture. But that approach can cut both ways.
Twitter Files Part 4: Executives’ approach to ‘change of policy for Trump alone
“On Jan 7, senior Twitter execs: – create justifications to ban Trump – seek a change of policy for Trump alone, distinct from other political leaders – express no concern for the free speech or democracy implications of a ban This #TwitterFiles is reported with @lwoodhouse,” the first post read
Twitter Files Part 5: Staffers who didn’t believe Trump violated ‘incitement’ policy
The fifth installment of Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files” Monday revealed that staffers believed that tweets written by former President Donald Trump around the events of Jan. 6, 2021, had not actually violated its policies despite the company saying so at the time.
“For years, Twitter had resisted calls both internal and external to ban Trump on the grounds that blocking a world leader from the platform or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information that people should be able to see and debate,” Bari Weiss of The Free Press wrote toward the beginning of her thread on Monday. “But after January 6, as @mtaibbi and @shellenbergermd have documented, pressure grew, both inside and outside of Twitter, to ban Trump.”
Twitter Files Part 6: FBI’s ties to tech giant: ‘As if it were a subsidiary’
“The Twitter Files are revealing more every day about how the government collects, analyzes, and flags your social media content. Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive, as if it were a subsidiary,” Taibbi began the thread on Friday.
“Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth… a surprisingly high number are requests by the FBI for Twitter to take action on election misinformation, even involving joke tweets from low-follower accounts.”
The FBI’s social media task force established after the 2016 presidential election that assigned as many as “80 agents” to monitor foreign interference prominently featured in the Twitter Files.
“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,”
“In Twitter Files #6, we saw the FBI relentlessly seek to exercise influence over Twitter, including over its content, its users, and its data,” Shellenberger wrote, later adding, “We have discovered new info that points to an organized effort by the intel community to influence Twitter & other platforms.”
Twitter Files Part 7: FBI, DOJ ‘discredited’ information about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings…
Today the bombshell story is how the FBI discredited factual information about the Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. The lengthy Twitter thread reveals what Shellenberger calls an “influence campaign” by the FBI that eventually “worked” when Twitter censored Hunter Biden’s scandalous laptop.
118th congress will convene on January 3rd, 2023 and the Republicans take control of the house. This needs to be the first objective they begin. No republican should sleep more than 4 hours a night, until the American people get answers and people go to prison.
We will not except anything less!
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