Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter shocked the world as many on the left feared what was to come and those on the right hoped for a shift to a more conservative managed platform, but one of the most important results of Musk’s ownership is the release of the “Twitter Files.”
A group of documents that exposed the collusion between the FBI and Twitter employees among many other disturbing instances unknown to the world before.
The “Twitter Files” were disseminated on the social media platform by multiple independent journalists. One of the writers, Matt Taibbi, recently appeared on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to give a breakdown on the key takeaways of the report.
Taibbi began saying, “I think the major revelation of the Twitter files so far is that we’ve discovered an elaborate bureaucracy of what you might call public-private censorship. Basically companies like Twitter have a system by which they receive ten tens of thousands of requests for action on various accounts.”
“Typically through the DHS and FBI, but these requests for coming from basically every department in the government. We’ve seen them from the HHS, from the Treasury, from the DOD, even from the CIA. And they will send basically long lists of accounts in excel spreadsheet files and ask for action on those accounts,” he continued.
“Yeah, we’ve been talking about the fact that the if FBI had a task force of 80 agents or 80 people at at the FBI who were tasked with just dealing with social media, but it was many more than that, right? You’re estimating up to a thousand people throughout government?” Bartiromo questioned.
“Right, because that foreign influence task force only refers to the people in the FBI, DHS and the Director of National Intelligence office. But actually, this includes people in a variety of agencies both federal and state. We’ve seen requests from basically all 50 states, most of those go through DHS to Twitter. So I would estimate that personnel somewhere between 500-1,000 people just based on what we’ve seen so far. It may be more than that,” Taibbi responded.
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