Journalist Matt Taibbi claimed that Twitter and the FBI worked together as “one-big-happy-family” to block content on its platform in the sixth episode of the Twitter Files.
According to Breitbart News‘ report, The sixth Twitter Files document dump, titled “TWITTER, THE FBI SUBSIDIARY,” was published by Taibbi.
1. THREAD: The Twitter Files, Part Six
TWITTER, THE FBI SUBSIDIARY
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 16, 2022
“The #TwitterFiles show something new: agencies like the FBI and DHS regularly sending social media content to Twitter through multiple entry points, pre-flagged for moderation,” Taibbi wrote.
Exchanged over 150 emails
For instance, Taibbi disclosed that between January 2020 and November 2022, Yoel Roth, the former head of Twitter Trust and Safety, exchanged “over 150 emails” with the FBI.
Additionally, according to Taibbi, a “surprisingly high number” of the FBI’s communications with Twitter involved “requests by the FBI for Twitter to take action on election misinformation, even involving joke tweets from low-follower accounts.”
A relatively recent phenomenon that resulted from the Democrat claim that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election is the FBI’s engagement in battling “misinformation” on social media platforms.
Similar to how the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks “inspired the expansion of the security state,” Taibbi claimed that the 2016 Russia collusion fake was used as a “pretext for building out the censorship machine.”
Breitbart News previously reported:
The Foreign Influence Task Force (FTIF) was created in the wake of the 2016 election.
This task force, wrote Taibbi, “swelled to 80 agents and corresponded with Twitter to identify alleged foreign influence and election tampering of all kinds.”
For instance, a March 2021 communication disclosed that the FBI gave a top Twitter executive a number of “products” to distribute to the company as a whole.
Three Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bulletins were these “products,” according to Taibbi, and they emphasized “the need for greater collaboration between law enforcement and ‘private sector partners’. (U) Russian Malign Influence Use of Permissive Social Media Platforms,” read the title of one of the reports.
“We assess that Russian malign influencers probably will increasingly use US social media platforms that offer more permissive operating environments,” the DHS bulletin stated.
The FBI was not the only government agency with which Twitter spoke, though. The Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and the DHS were among the organizations that frequently communicated with Twitter concerning the material shared on its platform.
Stacia Cardille, a legal officer at Twitter, admitted in a September 2020 email to Jim Baker, a former top FBI attorney and Twitter Deputy General Counsel, that she took part in monthly calls with the “FBI, DOJ, DHS, ODNI, and industry peers on election threats.”