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  Unlocked: Move Over, Jayson Blair. Meet Hamilton 68, the New King of Media Fraud https://t.co/vxnKAoI9T7

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  Okay. All three were falsely smeared as beneficiaries of Russian bot support in news stories sourced to Hamilton 68… https://t.co/y0tEWC4xMX

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  New America This Week with ⁦@walterkirn⁩ and ⁦@mtaibbi — After Hamilton68, Walter doesn’t want to hear about the fi… https://t.co/v5EmYb15t9

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  I also think voters in the states that elected @MarkWarner, @SenatorLankford, @DianneFeinstein, and other politicia… https://t.co/JaozaKNrTo

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  It was once potentially career-ending for a journalist to fall for a scam like Hamilton 68, and news orgs that got… https://t.co/z66B7JV1mE

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  I’m trying to assemble a list of news stories and TV segments pegged to Hamilton 68 and will publish it once done,… https://t.co/6seCQ3uLRe

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  It’s the first time this has needed saying, but @maddow needs to answer for giving this horseshit so much oxygen. https://t.co/3tdLKT3W57

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  Twitter conducted a forensic analysis of the Hamilton 68 list. On page 2 you can see a breakdown of “visibility fil… https://t.co/4DERi0G2Rw

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  Instead of tracking how “Russia” influenced American attitudes, Hamilton 68 simply collected a handful of mostly re… https://t.co/4WFrWbC38E

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  Hamilton 68’s blue-red founding team of Jamie Fly and Laura Rosenberger, told Politico they couldn’t reveal the “da… https://t.co/49WevkOo6u

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  Again, news organizations which do not publicly disavow these Hamilton 68 stories should not be trusted, and subscr… https://t.co/loXz46fluW

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  Move Over, Jayson Blair: Meet Hamilton 68, the New King of Media Fraud: https://t.co/YG095jhV1W

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  1.THREAD: Twitter Files #15 MOVE OVER, JAYSON BLAIR: TWITTER FILES EXPOSE NEXT GREAT MEDIA FRAUD https://t.co/bLRpDpuWql

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  I don’t need the public story about your methodology. Your problem is that I know your real methodology and will be… https://t.co/kdBRwMcJeL

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  Question for @michaeljmorell @billkristol @selectedwisdom @ilvestoomas @mcfaul @anapalacio @johnpodesta et al: Are… https://t.co/bugOc5QEdP

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  Dear @Holbornlolz I'm a reporter in the U.S. - can you DM me? Thanks, Matt


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  It's funny how taking money from Oleg Deripaska wasn't unseemly or disqualifying when he was Christopher Steele's c… https://t.co/aOTj8AiYvK

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  Here is Twitter after months of pressure from congress saying that it will act like a private third party in public… https://t.co/Mes694Zdg1

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  They actually wouldn’t have the right to add a “no politics” ban if that ban came under pressure from congress, the… https://t.co/eDBBeJxABu

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  There is literally nothing in the Twitter Files related to trans issues or woke college kids. The entire thing is a… https://t.co/6LnoIEKNWg

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  This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. How do you get from “files expose that FBI, DHS, DOD, and CIA sen… https://t.co/lur60PI3q2

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  TK News is Now "Racket": Also, https://t.co/ayyEcwRyRx now goes to my site on Substack. More on the name change he… https://t.co/8dWymy2Z2M

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  I’m actually grateful for their half-baked strategy of calling the #TwitterFiles unimportant while penning loads of… https://t.co/d6UvO5fsah

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  Somehow I missed that David Leavitt tweeted that Elon Musk acquiring Twitter could result in both World War III AND… https://t.co/nx1251aMho

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  Transcript: "America This Week" Ep. 22 with Walter Kirn and Matt Taibbi https://t.co/qDIcIjDUjB

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  New America This Week with @walterkirn and @mtaibbi: Audio and video! Walter and Matt make plans for a Davos vacat… https://t.co/xGSWgIt00i

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  RT @walterkirn: What strikes me most about the WEF is how little disagreement there is. The largest matters on earth are at stake (supposed…


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  RT @robbysoave: 1. THREAD: THE FACEBOOK FILES Twitter is not the only social media site to face pressure to censor content. I obtained emai…


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  This article by “Revolt of the Public” author @mgurri about the big-picture view of the #TwitterFiles is incisive,… https://t.co/Y7FtQhdXVc

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  Video Podcast: "America This Week" Ep. 21 with @WalterKirn and @mtaibbi https://t.co/8bKafhEbuK

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  TK Mashup: "Children of the COVID" We were told over and over that Covid-19 was "coming for our children," until… https://t.co/yMQE2EiNdm

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  RT @MythinformedMKE: “We’ll know the establishment is finished with Biden when Stephen Colbert is allowed to make a joke about him.” The…


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  On this: we’ve been clear that we don’t know if things are left out. But what we have gotten is verifiable and clea… https://t.co/Ec3HXLRMHm

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  Maybe they did, but at least people like @aaronjmate and I called. Neither the FBI nor the Intel Committees attempt… https://t.co/XVhCtAZ859

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  They all said the same thing: it was top-line data, the kind of thing you get at RCP, e.g. Minnesota 52-48. Manafor… https://t.co/yUQmCjp0qk

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  First of all I’d say I have a better idea about it than anyone on the Senate Intel Committee or Mueller’s team, bec… https://t.co/Xyo4Mth10X

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  This thread by @lhfang shows how Twitter was pressured to suppress users demanding access to generic vaccines. https://t.co/bNQDZ8YKFj

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  RT @lhfang: 4. BIO, the lobby group that represents biopharma, including Moderna & Pfizer, wrote to the newly elected Biden admin, demandin…


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  New #TwitterFiles from @lhfang ! https://t.co/4Hf6CCibOl

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  Horowitz is clear the FBI didn't feel they could argue probable cause for a FISA order - which Seth said only requi… https://t.co/VN4kYy2oRi

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  Here's you in 2018 saying the idea the FBI needed the Steele report at all to seek FISA authority is "literally lau… https://t.co/7J9N4Xq0SG

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  This is hilarious. One of the main players in the last attempt to remove a President, the Mueller investigation, no… https://t.co/1HWrZkRsUq

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  This has nothing to do with the politics of Nunes. It’s strictly about whether or not there were Russian bots boost… https://t.co/jRSHgLLNno

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  Nunes didn’t “go after them” during this story. He wrote a classified memo and in early 2018 was accused - by elect… https://t.co/Nmu3586AgN

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  For those who continue to insist exposing the lie of Russiagate is a “right-wing” trope, here’s Jacobin reporting o… https://t.co/7T8XbujZ3z

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  Listen to: America Needs Truth and Reconciliation on Russiagate https://t.co/6m3c8zjQgH

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  So @HillaryClinton, a former Senator, supports blocking the oversight powers of congress based on what we’ve shown… https://t.co/41z79eX81c

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  Transcript: "America This Week" Ep. 21 with @WalterKirn and @mtaibbi On Walter’s apparent home in the heart of Ch… https://t.co/YAWKoyrboY

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  Updated Capsule Summaries of all Twitter Files Threads to Date, With Links and a Glossary https://t.co/ENrLJSNtui

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  Terrific video by @lwoodhouse and @ShellenbergerMD explaining the background of the Hunter Biden laptop story, as i… https://t.co/GaKiut1Img

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  RT @mtaibbi: 1.TWITTER FILES: Supplemental More Adam Schiff Ban Requests, and "Deamplification"


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  New America this Week with ⁦@walterkirn⁩ and ⁦@mtaibbi— On Walter’s apparent home in the heart of Christian Na… https://t.co/NXCgicr7ke

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  And what “Kremlin talking points” are those, Josh? That Twitter had zero evidence Russians were behind the… https://t.co/OKqbOYn5iw

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  It’s odd to watch media figures who blew the Trump-Russia story in the most humorous ways act like they didn’t. Her… https://t.co/mzPnq2AZBk

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  Congressman, I’m an American citizen, I love my country, and accusing me of repeating “Kremlin talking points” when… https://t.co/bvjPMBUP7k

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  Also my story wasn’t about 2016 or the GRU. It was about the grossly dishonest campaign by your congressional colle… https://t.co/aQ1EHfFYUR

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  What @TedLieu leaves out is that the DOJ indicted 12 individuals they knew would never show up in court, but had to… https://t.co/haZTa86Qqq

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  About to be o @TheGrayzoneNews with @MaxBlumenthal and @aaronjmate to talk #TwitterFiles https://t.co/pZBH6qqUKs

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  The office of @AdamSchiff said they "appreciate greatly" Twitter's efforts to deamplify certain accounts, but worri… https://t.co/IRseewjXmk

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  The office of @AdamSchiff often asked Twitter to take down tweets on the grounds that they were "QAnon related" act… https://t.co/gDtJyTTElh

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  1.TWITTER FILES: Supplemental More Adam Schiff Ban Requests, and "Deamplification"


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  I did. I wrote about that exact episode, in fact. You might want to try practicing with a friend before the next at… https://t.co/YVbQggiwSt

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  Is “none of them show any signs of affiliation with Russia” not strong enough for you? Would you like me to find a… https://t.co/XH81j7BW4j

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  “It’s over, you nitwits. It’s time to stow the Mueller votive candles, cop to the coverage pileup created by years… https://t.co/VjfmGsshWF

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  The latest #TwitterFiles expose as a total lie a major Russiagate story — that the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag was fuel… https://t.co/njHre7wg37

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  RT @greg_crouse: @mtaibbi is in the room!


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  So basically everyone in the media business, along with prominent elected officials, spent months falsely smearing… https://t.co/J1jQFZuQD3

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  A consistent theme of the #TwitterFiles has been concrete evidence that Russiagate headlines were manufactured by p… https://t.co/bXj0A02CjI

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  New: America Needs Truth and Reconciliation on Russiagate: On "Twitter Files 14" https://t.co/iDQL6CuHKO

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  1.THREAD: Twitter Files #14 THE RUSSIAGATE LIES One: The Fake Tale of Russian Bots and the #ReleaseTheMemo Hashtag


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  New #TwitterFiles incoming at 12:30


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  This has nothing to with investigations. These DHS/FBI programs are not for building cases. It’s a one-way communic… https://t.co/xrRvb9zkkY

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  First, nobody paid any of us. Second, what part is supposed to be a lie? Are you contending these documents aren’t… https://t.co/mWXhIY1z6n

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  I didn’t “expose” that Twitter was hard to run. We found they had elaborate relationships with “government partners… https://t.co/Rwl62ftYh6

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  The only road to redemption for mainstream media orgs begins will a full self-audit of the Russiagate fiasco, which… https://t.co/cy2dE0472L

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  RT @AGAndrewBailey: 🚨BREAKING: Another batch of emails from our lawsuit Missouri v. Biden showing the collusive relationship between the fe…


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  Marky Ricky Danny Terry Mikey Davey Timmy Tommy Joey Robbie Anga and Brennan: https://t.co/TkhRVtxaSz

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  RT @AlexBerenson: 1/ My first #TwitterFiles report: how @scottgottliebmd - a top Pfizer board member - used the same Twitter lobbyist as th…


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  A brief response to MSNBC’s latest hit piece: https://t.co/1BydmTswcc

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  Only @MSNBC could respond to an expose about how the DHS, FBI, DOD, CIA, and other agencies are funneling masses of… https://t.co/KrxUg0IR5R

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  The “hack-and-leak,” if that’s what it was, was of true information that mostly reached Western audiences via legit… https://t.co/FwyqKgA7fk

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  How interesting that this is coming out now. Will the Washington Post address the countless stories they wrote hypi… https://t.co/IFbDphm8iu

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  Activism, Uncensored: Drag Event Protests in 2022 In which the News2Share cameras of @fordfischer capture a year o… https://t.co/1rpulK8I36

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  Yes, there is a TL: DR summary of #TwitterFiles reports, with links and a glossary of terms, here:… https://t.co/OU2kiS7II2

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  Great to talk with @AaronJMate, and I may have some more coming soon related to the excellent piece of his mentione… https://t.co/sB5jCKb9FU

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  Episode 20: "America This Week," with @walterkirn and @mtaibbi Walter and Matt on the McCarthy kerfuffle, plus bi… https://t.co/9SfO5cKi8S

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  Listen to This Article -Twitter Files: Twitter and the FBI "Belly Button" https://t.co/dE2yhuD9Ea

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  Listen to This Article - Twitter Files: Why Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In https://t.co/zxi7Gp1yok

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  Listen to This Article - Twitter Files: Why Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In https://t.co/zxi7Gp1yok

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  RT @davidsirota: When Republicans do bad things, MSNBC does 24-7 coverage & Fox omits any mention of it. When Dems do bad things, Fox doe…


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  The way @ggreenwald lingers on the name @PoppyHarlowCNN in this video is hilarious. The name sounds like a euphemis… https://t.co/ZNlumvfmFY

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  This is a heartfelt and important piece about problems in the news landscape. The system values tribal loyalty over… https://t.co/zjF4lDQNS2

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  Capsule Summaries of all Twitter Files Threads to Date, With a Glossary: With links to work by @BariWeiss,… https://t.co/niIkOJqbdo

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  @JessicaYogini It had a league at one point. I mainly played on a team called Spartak. I grew up a catcher but Spar… https://t.co/KV96aIzbXr

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  @TheresaF20 Nabokov is way underrated on the humor front and he’s rated pretty high. His essays are hilarious


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  @SirAncient Well, yes, but he lived in Petersburg as an adult and wrote in Russian and was very much a Russian patr… https://t.co/T3n5TGM21v

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  @j2dk Another one that drives me crazy. Folks, that story wasn’t about me, nor was it written by me.


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  @JoeBenoi Seriously? In the nineties?


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  I don’t have that list — the State Department told CNN it had that list back in 2020. Twitter at one point received… https://t.co/74QNecAd5u

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  True and unfortunate! https://t.co/0xnN09g1RY

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  Twitter Files: Links to Web Versions of Two Threads: https://t.co/47yWEMFph9

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  Obviously, your line about how I wasn’t lost to “RISPROP” (do you mean RusProp?) but was “always theirs.” You’re so… https://t.co/qHTIhOgNck

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  Because as a young writer I worshipped people like Gogol, Babel and Tolstoy and wanted to learn to read them in Rus… https://t.co/rQPCcUXgGo

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  Note: there was belief at Twitter that the State Department agency GEC was pushing Mike Pompeo’s complaints about C… https://t.co/FqtGb8sbBZ

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  @elonmusk Actually, it’s two episodes for the price of one tonight! https://t.co/ErPBSK9ckc https://t.co/p8NsjX0NFl

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  @MsDLovingLife I actually lived in the former Soviet Union for 11 years, not six. My newspaper was shut down by the… https://t.co/reSH9TT8LU

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  A USG Intel report sent to Twitter warns that a book by former Ukraine prosecutor Victor Shokin is “at least partia… https://t.co/C34pylbJJM

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  “Always theirs.” Can you be a little more explicit, Louise? Are you suggesting I’m working for Russia? https://t.co/OnLUIqu6t0

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  It was a revelation when @ShellenbergerMD found that Twitter had been paid over $3 million by the feds. Based on ho… https://t.co/EZiz8c8B0i

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  RT @threadreaderapp: @Patrici66560663 @mtaibbi @Patrici66560663 Hi! the unroll you asked for: https://t.co/i0U9U4OxQs Have a good day. 🤖


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  RT @mtaibbi: 27.They also received an astonishing variety of requests from officials asking for individuals they didn’t like to be banned.…


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  I’m quoting an FBI agent… https://t.co/rKOSkX019M

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  New #TwitterFiles thread includes Adam Schiff seeking a ban of journalist Paul Sperry, “OGA” warnings about former… https://t.co/SUBUYlc83I

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  Twitter Files: Twitter and the FBI "Belly Button" More on Substack: https://t.co/kBvpouG00i

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  40.For more on the #TwitterFiles, check out @BariWeiss, @ShellenbergerMD, @LHFang, and @davidzweig. For more on thi… https://t.co/ShqzjEHHDI

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  https://t.co/08M51rg2BM all led to the situation described by @ShellenbergerMD two weeks ago, in which Twitter was… https://t.co/YFOmEC7P6d

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  38.Wrote senior attorney Stacia Cardille: “My in-box is really f--- up at this point.” https://t.co/vMzd7fJzMn

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  37.“I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR WORK LOAD”: Requests poured in from FBI offices all over the country, day after… https://t.co/vZQ8S6wkTm

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  https://t.co/fYBi87heLK the weeks before the election in 2020, Twitter was so confused by the various streams of in… https://t.co/L0brfIxo9O

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  35.They were even warned about publicity surrounding a book by former Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokhin, who allege… https://t.co/AHDEvwKfDD

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  34.Some reports were just a paragraph long and said things like: “The attached email accounts… were possibly used f… https://t.co/wQ8E43tBa4

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  https://t.co/8CuYA5AmvV brief report, sent right after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine early last year, flagged major… https://t.co/IfaR6vCiy7

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  32.“USIC" requests often simply began “We assess” and then provided lists (sometimes, in separate excel docs) they… https://t.co/JFphyLlv03

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  31.Remember the 2017 “internal guidance” in which Twitter decided to remove any user “identified by the U.S. intell… https://t.co/4lB1573LO1

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  30.The GEC requests were what a former CIA staffer working at Twitter was referring to, when he said, “Our window o… https://t.co/V9ZNSTOcVA

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  29.Twitter honored almost everyone else’s requests, even those from GEC – including a decision to ban accounts like… https://t.co/sXSmOujGbP

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  28.“WE DON’T DO THIS” Even Twitter declined to honor Schiff’s request at the time. Sperry was later suspended, howe… https://t.co/GMJ5PTJXmA

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  27.They also received an astonishing variety of requests from officials asking for individuals they didn’t like to… https://t.co/jCtSobFwv0

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  26.Requests arrived and were escalated from all over: from Treasury, the NSA, virtually every state, the HHS, from… https://t.co/ApmKL1tBdW

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  25.Twitter was taking requests from every conceivable government body, beginning with the Senate Intel Committee (S… https://t.co/cxcbPcIWts

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  24.They eventually settled on an industry call via Signal. In an impressive display of operational security, Chan c… https://t.co/sFUbpJ7GXg

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  23."BELLY BUTTON" “We can give you everything we’re seeing from the FBI and USIC agencies,” Chan explained, but the… https://t.co/qJNceP65B2

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  22."STATE... NSA, and CIA" Chan reassured him it would be a “one-way” channel, and “State/GEC, NSA, and CIA have ex… https://t.co/Zayidja7wF

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  21.Roth reached out to Chan with concerns about letting the “press-happy” GEC in, expressing hope they could keep t… https://t.co/O2Yp3tvpXJ

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  20.Eventually the FBI argued, first to Facebook, for a compromise solution: other USG agencies could participate in… https://t.co/xviZDg6iia

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  19.When senior lawyer Stacia Cardille tried to argue against the GEC’s inclusion to the FBI, the words resonated “w… https://t.co/NjyxoKjY91

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  18.After spending years rolling over for Democratic Party requests for “action” on “Russia-linked” accounts, Twitte… https://t.co/sOaGw4MrRF

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  17.A deeper reason was a perception that unlike the DHS and FBI, which were “apolitical,” as Roth put it, the GEC w… https://t.co/LlPaJWLYsb

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  16.Facebook, Google, and Twitter executives were united in opposition to GEC’s inclusion, with ostensible reasons i… https://t.co/ziclsAfFxe

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  15.“IT MAKES SENSE TO PUSH BACK ON GEC PARTICIPATION IN THIS FORUM” When the FBI informed Twitter the GEC wanted to… https://t.co/iVR55nGZXH

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  14.The episode led to a rare public disagreement between Twitter and state officials: https://t.co/iydnso8iuJ

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  13.The GEC was soon agreeing to loop in Twitter before going public, but they were using a technique that had boxed… https://t.co/BxpZDbkiei

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  12.Roth saw GEC’s move as an attempt by the GEC to use intel from other agencies to “insert themselves” into the co… https://t.co/ULSwSKRTHv

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  11.The GEC report appeared based on DHS data circulated earlier that week, and included accounts that followed “two… https://t.co/OvPiF20MZ9

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  8.“WE’RE HAPPY TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH YOU ON THIS, INSTEAD OF NBC.” Roth tried in vain to convince outsider research… https://t.co/7IXeJfUlwv

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  7.“YOU HAVEN’T MADE A RUSSIA ATTRIBUTION IN SOME TIME” When Clemson’s Media Forensics Hub complained Twitter hadn’t… https://t.co/Q11m5CMMNg

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  6.The GEC still led directly to news stories like the AFP’s headline, “Russia-linked disinformation campaign led to… https://t.co/DLTk3cKQbV

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  5.State also flagged accounts that retweeted news that Twitter banned the popular U.S. ZeroHedge, claiming the epis… https://t.co/mNlzvahGH9

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  4.The GEC flagged accounts as “Russian personas and proxies” based on criteria like, “Describing the Coronavirus as… https://t.co/CRTz1zH63d

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  https://t.co/BcFhHCvjAE February, 2020, as COVID broke out, the Global Engagement Center – a fledgling analytic/int… https://t.co/Gp1pz7iJM4

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  https://t.co/C7kGNwToWZ 2020, Twitter was struggling with the problem of public and private agencies bypassing them… https://t.co/acQJIyW33u

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  1.THREAD: The Twitter Files Twitter and the FBI “Belly Button” https://t.co/nfOGQGlvUM

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  Twitter Files: Why Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In A deeper dive, on TK: https://t.co/FFB1qHhVsU

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  33.For more on the #TwitterFiles, check out @BariWeiss, @ShellenbergerMD, @LHFang, and @davidzweig. Watch this sp… https://t.co/efp5wGAA86

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  32.Twitter let the “USIC” into its moderation process. It would not leave. Wrote Crowell, in an email to the com… https://t.co/E8W1pFKAaH

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  31.Twitter soon settled on its future posture. In public, it removed content “at our sole discretion.” Privately… https://t.co/wLpuOFAjql

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  30.“REPORTERS NOW KNOW THIS IS A MODEL THAT WORKS” This cycle – threatened legislation, wedded to scare headlines… https://t.co/mQEo8PGV0i

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  29. “SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE IS ASKING… POSSIBLE TO WHIP SOMETHING TOGETHER?” Still, when the Buzzfeed piece came ou… https://t.co/swOPg8hljE

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  28.“IT WILL ONLY EMBOLDEN THEM.” Twitter internally did not want to endorse the Buzzfeed/Sheffield findings: https://t.co/9xnr1mpHQo

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  27.Reporters from all over started to call Twitter about Russia links. Buzzfeed, working with the University of She… https://t.co/dUlfXeRMQ5

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  26.“THE COMMITTEES APPEAR TO HAVE LEAKED” Even as Twitter prepared to change its ads policy and remove RT and Sputn… https://t.co/d7wtKKu6zi

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  25.“Knowing that our ads policy and product changes are an effort to anticipate congressional oversight, I wanted t… https://t.co/JqFuu5MXyn

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  24.Twitter “pledged to work with them on their desire to legislate”: https://t.co/BxMSdG3aNC

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  23. In Washington weeks after the first briefing, Twitter leaders were told by Senate staff that “Sen Warner feels… https://t.co/yAYI2sTM8g

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  22.“Hi guys.. Just passing along for awareness the writeup here from the WashPost today on potential legislation (o… https://t.co/z0wM9cBMxF

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  https://t.co/4r1EI1EhCb congress threatened costly legislation, and Twitter began was subject to more bad press fue… https://t.co/9Rr2MBtHDy

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  20.“Were Twitter a contractor for the FSB… they could not have built a more effective disinformation platform,” Joh… https://t.co/erc351LI6X

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  https://t.co/Oh55WOIcIr the weeks after Warner’s presser, a torrent of stories sourced to the Intel Committee poure… https://t.co/mnOU2Du6lK

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  18.The failure of the “Russia task force” to produce “material” worsened the company’s PR crisis.


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  17.Twitter’s search finding “only 2” significant accounts, “one of which is Russia Today,” was based on the same da… https://t.co/vbv0X6KRGr

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  16.OCT 23 2017: “Finished with investigation… 2500 full manual account reviews, we think this is exhaustive… 32 sus… https://t.co/qfPkjRiPZJ

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  15.OCT 20 2017: “Built new version of the model that is lower precision but higher recall which allows to catch mor… https://t.co/kuzMCprg5R

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  14.OCT 18 2017: “First round of RU investigation… 15 high risk accounts, 3 of which have connections with Russia, a… https://t.co/gJM0EsDOdd

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  13. OCT 13 2017: “No evidence of a coordinated approach, all of the accounts found seem to be lone-wolf type activi… https://t.co/LAhmTyTC5U

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  12.The “Russia Task Force” started mainly with data shared from counterparts at Facebook, centered around accounts… https://t.co/7qINiHOptI

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  11. In growing anxiety over its PR problems, Twitter formed a “Russia Task Force” to proactively self-investigate. https://t.co/A5u0uNuH0u

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  10.“TAKING THEIR CUES FROM HILLARY CLINTON” Crowell added Dems were taking cues from Hillary Clinton, who that week… https://t.co/RQysQr8MgY

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  9.“KEEP PRODUCING MATERIAL” After meeting with congressional leaders, Crowell wrote: “Warner has political incentiv… https://t.co/j8Kivh4bUO

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  8.“#Irony,” mused Crowell the day after Warner’s presser, after receiving an e-circular from Warner’s re-election c… https://t.co/bmkGpYE9ge

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  7.Receiving these meager results, a furious Senator Mark Warner of Virginia – ranking Democrat on the Intelligence… https://t.co/tsfGF2FFsK

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  https://t.co/UDnxeU9IGx September, 2017, after a cursory review, Twitter informed the Senate it suspended 22 possib… https://t.co/IJ4GLFCVXv

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  5.“Twitter is not the focus of inquiry into Russian election meddling right now - the spotlight is on FB,” wrote Pu… https://t.co/hAJkypbJKQ

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  4.“KEEP THE FOCUS ON FB”: Twitter was so sure they had no Russia problem, execs agreed the best PR strategy was to… https://t.co/CV8kgo16KP

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  3.“We did not see a big correlation.” “No larger patterns.” “FB may take action on hundreds of accounts, and we may… https://t.co/GpwfFtQhEC

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  https://t.co/mz7AFonNSn August 2017, when Facebook decided to suspend 300 accounts with “suspected Russian origin,”… https://t.co/M7J1wL24VZ

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  1.THREAD: The Twitter Files How Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In


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  Two threads, two articles, coming today #TwitterFiles


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  2022: Year of the Great Nevermind, America This Week, New Year edition, with ⁦@walterkirn⁩: https://t.co/LAkP2kdZ2Z

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  Note From San Francisco: https://t.co/0dMp8pUZfD

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  IO is indeed “information operations.”


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  Which U.S. agency had a "mandate for offensive IO to promote American interests," according to Twitter executives?… https://t.co/uu68klaQw1

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  The FBI, explaining to Twitter they'll handle info from the "USIC," while the DHS agency CISA will send domestic re… https://t.co/d65ln0sWDJ

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  Belated ATW podcast with my patient friend ⁦@walterkirn⁩ on the Twitter Files, Shirley Jackson, the Truman Show com… https://t.co/YA6OqzNMGE

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  @JustFactsToday @QRU4Now There’s already a law for that, and Twitter incidentally does not punish libel.


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  Twitter Files Thread: The Spies Who Loved Twitter: https://t.co/cAHz9VxfyS

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  It was so obvious the FBI was assigning personnel specifically to look for Twitter term-of-service violations — an… https://t.co/jBmL5BOU3f

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  Here a top Twitter staffer admitted the government’s “aggressive” demands for validation of foreign influence theor… https://t.co/fRpIArietK

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  RT @WTSchultz: One of my favorite writers (& friends). Can’t wait to read this 🎅 @walterkirn https://t.co/m9WcbyjvZN

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  @SamParkerSenate No that’s just one example. I saw similar batches from all over the place.


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  People will try to make this story about who did and did not benefit and argue this endlessly. But the utility of t… https://t.co/wN8BZ8jYaT

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  If this kind of mechanized speech control can be used one way today, it can be used in another tomorrow, especially… https://t.co/XtlwAQURec

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  In the process, they sent a graph of their bizarre moderation flow chart, which among other things showed they can… https://t.co/7is8NPMBsR

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  “Because the video is an unaltered excerpt of the Vice President's speech, our teams consider it to be out of conte… https://t.co/Fk4sj8J2TF

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  Usually Twitter was responding to complaints from one very voluble DNC staffer and still applied warning labels to… https://t.co/IKQQYFfful

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  These included a "deceptively edited" video of Biden coughing: https://t.co/yWQwN5JyIz And a "Todos Con Biden" Tru… https://t.co/eRHkr08RSu

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  Some of the latter were quite funny and revealing.


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  But Twitter did have a clear political monoculture. I ran searches for both “RNC” and “DNC,” cross-referenced again… https://t.co/XLQIiqTfP1

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  There are interesting/ambiguous details, like a decision we found in which the company considered restricting all m… https://t.co/NbHkHK529t

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  A few actions hit both Republicans and Democrats. Some FBI offices were clearly running searches of “November 4” to… https://t.co/WsIE2lV8fg

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  That doesn’t mean such intervention doesn’t exist. It may be in a Slack or an email somewhere. It’s a big haystack. We’ll keep looking.


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  I did look up account(s) connected to Julian Assange. His “PV2” page doesn’t show anything unusual, just automated… https://t.co/ybAwUDbrQR

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  Mainstream outlets try to grind every news story into grade D partisan hamburger and Twitter Files coverage is no e… https://t.co/YIGbTbBPZT

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  Note on Left and Right in the Twitter Files…


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  RT @Snowden: The more things change, the more they stay the same. The only solution is taking platforms out of the moderation game. The con…


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  56.The CIA has yet to comment on the nature of its relationship to tech companies like Twitter. Twitter had no inpu… https://t.co/qiTze6MWed

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  55. The line between “misinformation” and “distorting propaganda” is thin. Are we comfortable with so many companie… https://t.co/mVE0fu7eUi

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  54. Sometimes - not always -Twitter and YouTube blocked the accounts. But now we know for sure what Roth meant by “… https://t.co/DPVRy20Bhw

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  53. Often intel reports are just long lists of newspapers, tweets or YouTube videos guilty of “anti-Ukraine narrati… https://t.co/uqNLJZLHt7

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  52. This is a difficult speech dilemma. Should the government be allowed to try to prevent Americans (and others) f… https://t.co/cdRX6ImIv7

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  51. Intel about the shady origin of these accounts might be true. But so might at least some of the information in… https://t.co/c6wKLLTc2d

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  50. One report says a site “documenting purported rights abuses committed by Ukrainians” is directed by Russian age… https://t.co/2P33BaLpvI

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  49. Often intelligence came in the form of brief reports, followed by long lists of accounts simply deemed to be p… https://t.co/3tBY1mWRb8

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  48. Another report asserts a list of accounts accusing the “Biden administration” of “corruption” in vaccine distri… https://t.co/4zsUABnvMw

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  47. One intel report lists accounts tied to “Ukraine ‘neo-Nazi’ Propaganda.’” This includes assertions that Joe Bid… https://t.co/Hxm5dF43eZ

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  46. These reports are far more factually controversial than domestic counterparts.


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  45. Many people wonder if Internet platforms receive direction from intelligence agencies about moderation of fore… https://t.co/UA7CbQr2Oh

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  44.“Looks right on to me,” Kiriakou says, noting that “what was cut off above [the “tearline”] was the originating… https://t.co/IC0volrTOh

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  43. Former CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou believes he recognizes the formatting of these reports.


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  42. “Other Government Agencies” ended up sharing intelligence through the FBI and FITF not just with Twitter, but w… https://t.co/QneeYvt27e

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  41. Translation: “more aggressive” “government partners” had closed Twitter’s “window” of independence.


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  40. “Due to a lack of technical evidence on our end, I've generally left it be, waiting for more evidence,” he says… https://t.co/VarIiE978Q

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  39. In a key email, news that the State Department was making a wobbly public assertion of Russian influence led an… https://t.co/M8llZRHBJs

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  38.The Venezuelans “were extremely high-volume tweeters… pretty uncharacteristic of a lot of the other IRA activity,” Roth says.


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  37. In another case, Roth concludes a series of Venezuelan pro-Maduro accounts are unrelated to Russia’s Internet R… https://t.co/Xyvogzdlik

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  36. “No real matches using the info,” says former Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth in another case, noting some lin… https://t.co/X8zjALxUFM

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  35. “Extremely tenuous circumstantial chance of being related,” says another. https://t.co/nLnShIZTLc

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  34. “Found no links to Russia,” says one analyst, but suggests he could “brainstorm” to “find a stronger connection… https://t.co/gaQGUCCu4Z

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  33. The #TwitterFiles show execs under constant pressure to validate theories of foreign influence – and unable to… https://t.co/YT9uELMu7p

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  32. Yet behind the scenes, Twitter executives struggled against government claims of foreign interference supposedl… https://t.co/nzsmLIM4bR

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  31. “Foreign meddling” had been the ostensible justification for expanded moderation since platforms like Twitter w… https://t.co/lqPoi1gHLs

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  30. It seemed to strike no one as strange that a “Foreign Influence” task force was forwarding thousands of mostly… https://t.co/qYGWt0Q0oD

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  29.The New York FBI office even sent requests for the “user IDs and handles” of a long list of accounts named in a… https://t.co/3vlO8smeCP

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  28. Even ex-FBI lawyer Jim Baker agreed: “Odd that they are searching for violations of our policies.” https://t.co/ini1eMznTA

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  27.“They have some folks in the Baltimore field office and at HQ that are just doing keyword searches for violation… https://t.co/Khm6vaz2sZ

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  26. Twitter executives noticed the FBI appeared to be aasigning personnel to look for Twitter violations.


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  25. The FBI was clearly tailoring searches to Twitter’s policies. FBI complaints were almost always depicted somewh… https://t.co/jKYfcvsdP5

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  24. There were so many government requests, Twitter employees had to improvise a system for prioritizing/triaging t… https://t.co/gzHPFYxKt2

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  23. Email after email came from the San Francisco office heading into the election, often adorned with an Excel att… https://t.co/naqkjsYSY6

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  22.Especially as the election approached in 2020, the FITF/FBI overwhelmed Twitter with requests, sending lists of… https://t.co/nwBEbXAk4g

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  21. Many requests arrived via Teleporter, a one-way platform in which many communications were timed to vanish: https://t.co/3C9uNo2AYC

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  20. Despite its official remit being “Foreign Influence,” the FITF and the SF FBI office became conduit for mountai… https://t.co/YnEX2L02rd

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  19.The FITF meeting agendas virtually always included, at or near the beginning, an “OGA briefing,” usually about f… https://t.co/ukNzkJ9cDD

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  https://t.co/WJZhBCgjNd of the most common forums was a regular meeting of the multi-agency Foreign Influence Task… https://t.co/Hm4deoq9Xm

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  17. These included Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, even Pinterest, and many others. Industry players also he… https://t.co/7OmbN6dmWH

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  16.The government was in constant contact not just with Twitter but with virtually every major tech firm.


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  15.“I invited the FBI and the CIA virtually will attend too,” Cardille says to Baker, adding pointedly: “No need for you to attend.”


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  14.Cardille then passes on conference details to recently-hired ex-FBI lawyer Jim Baker. https://t.co/c60VEMDArB

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  13.Senior legal executive Stacia Cardille, whose alertness stood out among Twitter leaders, replied, “I know” and “… https://t.co/4cTpd3YAAV

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  12.The first Twitter executive abandoned any pretense to stealth and emailed that the employee “used to work for th… https://t.co/AlbjyeCP7h

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  11. It was an open secret at Twitter that one of its executives was ex-CIA, which is why Chan referred to that exec… https://t.co/Az0w6yWYjq

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  10.“Other Government Agency (the place where I worked for 27 years),” says retired CIA officer Ray McGovern.


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  8.On June 29th, 2020, San Francisco FBI agent Elvis Chan wrote to pair of Twitter execs asking if he could invite a… https://t.co/7bD2nvbioG

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  7.A chief end result was that thousands of official “reports” flowed to Twitter from all over, through the FITF and… https://t.co/6xQo6W7LxB

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  6.Twitter had so much contact with so many agencies that executives lost track. Is today the DOD, and tomorrow the… https://t.co/WvyYizadXk

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  5.The operation is far bigger than the reported 80 members of the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), which also f… https://t.co/CHHtfVphFR

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  4.The files show the FBI acting as doorman to a vast program of social media surveillance and censorship, encompass… https://t.co/SmEAQY8NiH

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  3.They must think us unambitious, if our “sole aim” is to discredit the FBI. After all, a whole range of government… https://t.co/bIRMLibJTg

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  https://t.co/oYzosVQ8YF didn’t refute allegations. Instead, it decried “conspiracy theorists” publishing “misinform… https://t.co/FvAiEG2M0b

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  1.THREAD: The Twitter Files TWITTER AND "OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES"


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  Thanks, and see you in an hour or so.


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  I may add a few other items, and answer some questions people have about all this, throughout the day.


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  At around 9 a.m. EST I'll be releasing a thread on Twitter's relationship to other government agencies - including… https://t.co/bvigssXzPK

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