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A new installment of “The Twitter Files” series published on Friday afternoon reportedly revealed that federal law enforcement officers collaborated closely with Twitter staff members to try and restrict and censor information on the platform.
According to journalist Matt Taibbi, Yoel Roth, who was then Twitter’s Senior Director of Trust & Safety, spoke with the FBI in more than 150 emails between January 2020 and November 2022.
Taibbi also drew attention to the FBI’s social media task force, which was formed during the 2016 presidential election and assigned as many as “80 agents” to allegedly monitor twitter for “foreign meddling.”
Taibbi provided examples of how the FBI got in touch with Twitter to demand that certain tweets be censored:
Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker received an email from Stacia Cardille, then-director and associate general counsel for Twitter’s global policy legal team, stating that she was regularly engaging with the FBI, DOJ, DHS, and ODNI about election concerns.