The CIA was among a number of state security agencies, including the State Department and the Pentagon, involved in Twitter censorship, according to the ninth installment of Twitter Files posted by Elon Musk, via the journalist Matt Taibbi.
Following the bizarre statement released by the FBI, calling the Twitter files “misinformation” spread by “conspiracy theorists” for the “sole purpose of discrediting the agency”, Taibbi released a new installment revealing much more widespread government involvement in censorship than before – add“Why stop with a [agency]?”
The ninth version of the Twitter Files shows aggressive efforts by the CIA and other state security agencies to coerce Twitter’s hand by censoring various political views and speeches, through constant contact with company executives , including Taibbi revealed is himself a former CIA.
Taibbi writes that the FBI was the main link between the intelligence community and Twitter, describing the bureau as a “gatekeeper” allowing other agencies to connect to Twitter.
“Files show that the FBI acts as a gatekeeper to an extensive social media surveillance and censorship program,” Taibbi said. written“encompassing federal government agencies – from the State Department to the Pentagon to the CIA”.
Contact was so constant, and between so many government actors, that Twitter executives would lose track of the meetings, with the communications described as “stunning”.
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“Twitter had so many contacts with so many agencies that the leaders lost track. Is it the DOD today, and the FBI tomorrow? Is it the weekly call or the monthly meeting? It was dizzying » Taibbi written.
“A major end result was that thousands of official ‘reports’ poured into Twitter from all over the world. [Foreign Influence Task Force] and the FBI Field Office in San Francisco,” Taibbi said. keep on going.
The CIA is referred in communications like “OGA,” which stands for “other government agency,” Taibbi explains, add that the FBI and “OGA” were involved, not only with Twitter, but also with “virtually every major tech company”, including “Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, even Pinterest, and many more”, as well as “industry players”.
“One of the most common forums was a regular Multi-Agency Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF) meeting, attended by a series of executives, FBI personnel, and – almost always – one or two attendees. labeled “OGA”, Taibbi said. “The agendas of FITF meetings almost always included, at the beginning or near the beginning, an ‘OGA briefing’, usually on foreign issues,” he said. adds.
“‘Other government agencies’ ended up sharing intelligence through the FBI and FITF, not just with Twitter, but with Yahoo!, Twitch, Clouldfare, LinkedIn, and even Wikimedia,” Taibbi said. said.
“Especially in the run-up to the 2020 election, the FITF/FBI swamped Twitter with requests, sending out lists of hundreds of problematic accounts,” Taibbi said. reports. “There were so many government requests that Twitter employees had to improvise a system to prioritize/sort them,” he said. describe.
Taibbi said that it appeared the FBI had a team assigned to trawl messages for reporting, and began demanding information about particular users posting political content, which Twitter was “completely comfortable” providing , despite discovery the behavior of the FBI is “strange”.
“A lot of people wonder if internet platforms are getting directives from intelligence agencies about moderating foreign policy news. It looks like Twitter did, in some cases through the FITF/FBI,” Taibbi said. written.
“The New York FBI office even sent requests for the ‘IDs and user IDs’ of a long list of accounts named in a Daily Beast article. Senior executives say they are “supportive” and “completely comfortable” doing it,” Taibbi said. writtenreferencing a Daily Beast article about right-wing media sharing alleged propaganda.
“It didn’t seem odd to anyone that a ‘Foreign Influence’ task force would hand over thousands of mostly domestic reports, as well as DHS, on the most fringe material,” he said. keep on going.
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— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 13, 2022
Taibbi explains how the government would push Twitter on its “foreign influence” theories that Twitter has not seen confirmed in its own data. Twitter would respond to “constant pressure” from the government that there was no proof of their claims, however, Twitter still relinquished its independence.
“‘Due to a lack of technical evidence from our side, I’ve generally let it go, pending more evidence,’ he says. “Our window on this is closing, given that government partners become more aggressive when it comes to attribution,” Taibbi said. reports, add“Translation: ‘more aggressive’ ‘government partners’ had closed Twitter’s independence ‘window’.
The CIA did not respond to request for comment, Taibbi reports:
“The CIA has not yet commented on the nature of its relationship with technology companies like Twitter. Twitter had no influence on what I did or wrote. The research was done by third parties, so what I saw could be limited.