8. By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.” pic.twitter.com/mnv0YZI4af— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 2, 2022
9. Celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed or reviewed at the behest of a political party: pic.twitter.com/4uzkHnQ65E— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 2, 2022
On Friday, the first installment of the Twitter files was published here. We expected to publish more over the weekend. Many wondered why there was a delay.— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 6, 2022
We can now tell you part of the reason why. On Tuesday, Twitter Deputy General Counsel (and former FBI General Counsel) Jim Baker was fired. Among the reasons? Vetting the first batch of “Twitter Files” – without knowledge of new management.— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 6, 2022
THREAD: THE TWITTER FILES PART TWO.— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) December 9, 2022
TWITTER’S SECRET BLACKLISTS.
1. A new #TwitterFiles investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users.— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) December 9, 2022
16. One of the accounts that rose to this level of scrutiny was @libsoftiktok—an account that was on the “Trends Blacklist” and was designated as “Do Not Take Action on User Without Consulting With SIP-PES.” pic.twitter.com/Vjo6YxYbxT— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) December 9, 2022
I didn’t bother to cover the first installment of The Twitter Files.
We have known for years that Twitter has been censored and rigged by progressive activists against the Right. Virtually everyone I know has been banned and shadowbanned at some point. They weren’t subtle about this. They banned the sitting president of the United States from the platform!
Last night, the second installment of the Twitter files revealed what we also already know, which is that even the most mainstream conservative accounts like Charlie Kirk and Dan Bongino were shadow banned and had search bans on their accounts to limit their reach. Libs of Tik Tok was also doxxed on the platform and nothing was done about it. This is hardly news to the hundreds of people in our community who have been doxxed by Antifa on Twitter or who have lost their jobs because the platform has been used by progressive activists to whip up mobs and coordinate targeted harassment in real life. The “rules” were always a joke and were used as a smokescreen to censor one side of the political spectrum.
Are you surprised to learn that Anthony Fauci’s daughter worked for Twitter or that the ADL was a “trusted flagger” with censorship powers or that there was a revolving door between Twitter and CNN and the FBI or that the Biden campaign and other prominent people could request to have their critics censored on Twitter and the “Trust & Safety” team handled it? Are we really surprised to learn that Yoel Roth was brainstorming reasons to justify more censorship of his political opponents on Twitter?
The main takeaway that I have from the Twitter Files is that the platform is still rigged against the Right even after Elon Musk bought it. Charlie Kirk still has a shadow ban on his account. Libs of Tik Tok was still on the Trends Blacklist. There are tens of thousands of people who were arbitrarily banned under the old regime who were censored for political reasons who still haven’t had their accounts restored in spite of Elon Musk’s promise of a “general amnesty.” There are undoubtedly even more people who are still shadow banned on the platform. My own Twitter account still hasn’t been reinstated.
We already know that Twitter is rigged. We already know that the GOP is going to hold hearings in the House and bloviate about the subject and do nothing about it for the next two years. The thing we need is for Elon Musk who owns Twitter now to unban our accounts and get rid of the shadow bans!
Note: Jason Kessler covered the release of the first installment of The Twitter Files. He is probably on the “Do Not Amplify” blacklist. Follow his Odysee channel.