Elon Musk takes aim at the FBI as the ‘Twitter Files’ saga continues

The FBI came under fire Friday after the latest Twitter Files report included emails from the FBI regarding false election information shared on the platform.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has led the release of a stash of emails from internal Twitter employees and other forms of corporate communications to be more transparent about the platform’s past decisions to monitor content that violates its policies.

In “Part Six” of the internal company assessment published by journalist Matt Taibbi, previous company emails revealed instances in which federal law enforcement alerted Twitter employees to accounts they believed violated the platform’s rules on distribution wrong voting information violated.

An example was from an email sent Nov. 5 by the FBI’s National Election Command Post and containing 25 accounts the department said “additional action may be warranted as the accounts are being used to spread misinformation” regarding the 2022 midterm elections .

Three days later, a Twitter employee responded with a list of accounts that were either permanently or temporarily banned for policy violations, including “spam behavior” and “excessive misinformation strikes.” it said in the correspondence. Other accounts also had tweets that “were bounced for violating the Citizen Misinformation Policy.”

Screenshots of other emails show similar interactions between federal law enforcement and Twitter in 2020 and 2021. Taibbi also reported that Department of Homeland Security officials and state government officials also reported tweets to the company.

FBI under fire for monitoring Twitter content
The exterior of the Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco, California on July 26, 2018. FBI Director Christopher Wray, inset, addresses the media June 14, 2018 at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The Twitter Files report released Friday included emails from the FBI about false election information on the platform.
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Federal judicial authorities have also been questioned in previous Taibbi Twitter Files reports. According to screenshots of the company’s Slack messages posted last weekFormer Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth met regularly with the FBI to discuss efforts to combat misinformation on the platform, including shortly after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Shortly after Taibbi’s last report, Florida representative Matt Gaetz tweeted that the FBI “has a lot to answer for” and promised further questioning of him and other GOP members in Congress.

“Clear your calendar,” Gaetz wrote.

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene also thanked Musk for Friday’s report and tweeted that “Republicans will take this very seriously.”

in one separate postGreene added that there should also be a review of the FBI’s actions with companies like Meta and Google to monitor misinformation.

“I’m really looking forward to Republican scrutiny, the work of the committees, and the power to subpoena,” she wrote, alluding to the GOP-controlled House beginning in 2023.

Others have criticized the FBI for monitoring Twitter instead of preventing other crimes, such as stopping mass shooters when suspects post plans on social media. The 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas in May had shared private messages on Facebook about his intentions to shoot down the school, The Texas Tribune reported.

“If only the FBI were more focused on stopping mass shootings than banning Trump2017847791 from Twitter,” the digital strategist wrote Gregory Price.

Ryan SaavedraReporter for the conservative news site Daily Writer, tweeted: “Remember how many mass shootings have taken place because the FBI dropped the ball on red flags that alerted them to the attackers before the atrocities began.”

news week has reached out to the FBI for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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