Latest Twitter Files Detail Government's Push for Content Moderation
The latest "Twitter Files" appear to show how FBI acted as the "belly button" for requests from the U.S. government to moderate certain Twitter accounts and information on the platform.
The Details: Apparent screenshots of communications between Twitter and the FBI, posted to Twitter Tuesday by independent journalist Matt Taibbi (Center bias), show the evolution of direct connections between Twitter and government agencies after the platform took exception to 2020 State Department reports about Twitter accounts that spread propaganda and misinformation. Other screenshots show how Twitter then took content moderation requests from numerous state governments and federal agencies, including the Treasury Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security. The release also suggests that the office of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) asked Twitter to suspend the account of journalist Paul Sperry in November 2020, which the platform declined to do.
How the Media Covered It: Right-rated outlets continue to cover the Twitter Files as a top story. Many highlighted Schiff's role in pushing for accounts to be suspended, and framed government agencies as biased and eager to oppress dissent. Very few left- and center-rated sources covered the latest installment, and few have reported on the Twitter Files at all. Politico (Lean Left bias) was the only left-rated source to make any mention of the latest release, saying in its daily newsletter that "Taibbi has the latest installment gaining traction on the right."
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