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Twitter files expose more collusion with FBI – RT World News


US federal agencies worked closely with Twitter moderators to crack down “disinformation” in the 2020 election, as leaders went to great lengths to clean up some content they deemed false and dangerous following increasingly frequent encounters with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, according to the third part of the “Twitter Files”.

Shared by journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday, the treasure trove of files includes a set of posts from former Twitter trust and safety manager Yoel Roth. The executive reveals that he lacked “generic” names on the company’s internal calendar to mask increasingly regular meetings with federal officials ahead of the 2020 election.

“DEFINITELY NOT an FBI encounter, I SWEAR,” he joked in response to a colleague who suggested calling him a “Very boring business meeting that certainly isn’t about Trump.”

Another missive talks about Roth “weekly synchronization” with officials from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), suggesting he consulted with three-letter agencies to discuss “election security”. The message also mentions a “monthly meeting” with the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), a unit created to “identifying and thwarting malicious foreign influence operations targeting the United States” following Donald Trump’s presidential victory in 2016.

The FBI even went so far as to flag individual tweets deemed problematic, in one instance urging Twitter to censor a former Republican official – apparently based on a single Politifact article. DHS, ODNI and “certain non-academic NGOs” also participated in the process.

A special channel was created on October 8, 2020 for top executives like Roth, Chief Trust and Policy Officer Vijaya Gadde and top lawyer Jim Baker – who previously worked as general counsel for the FBI – to coordinate related decisions. in the elections, given the name “us2020_xfn_enforcement.”

This “a smaller and more powerful frame” senior executives made decisions “on the fly, often within minutes and based on guesswork, gut calls, even Google searches,” while also “Clearly liaise with federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies regarding the moderation of election-related content,” Taibbi wrote, dubbing the group a “Supreme court of high-speed moderation.”

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Taibbi started posting the “Twitter Files” on an ongoing basis in collaboration with other journalists last week, after receiving direct clearance from the platform’s new owner, Elon Musk. The first batch of documents related to Twitter’s decision to ban a controversial New York Post article about the overseas business dealings of then-candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, published in October 2020. “Banish the Shadow” featured prominently in the second installation, showing that Twitter had engaged in the practice despite repeated denials, while Friday’s treasure trove largely focused on the permanent suspension of Trump, who was still sitting president at the time. .



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