Perhaps, the greater fear over the ongoing Twitter Files dump is that the transparency campaign Elon Musk pursues not only draws in federal agencies but other Big Tech corporations as well.
And that is precisely what took place when independent journalist Matt Taibbi shared his latest installment of the Twitter Files just before Christmas — an effort that would get a hearty boost by Musk a few days later.
“The government was in constant contact not just with Twitter but with virtually every major tech firm,” Taibbi said in a series of tweets on Christmas Eve. “These included Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, even Pinterest, and many others. Industry players also held regular meetings without government.”
17. These included Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, even Pinterest, and many others. Industry players also held regular meetings without government.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 24, 2022
Keep in mind that this reported collaboration comes after it was revealed that Twitter was, as widely suspected, censoring and shadow banning conservatives. As for Taibbi, he found himself under attack for a second time by the left for reporting on what was going on behind the scenes at Twitter
“For the crime of reporting that the US Security State agencies are heavily involved in Big Tech’s censorship regime, and for confessing that he found this deeply disturbing, liberals have spent a full week saying that @mtaibbi has mental health problems and needs therapy,” fellow independent journalist Glen Greenwald tweeted on Tuesday.
This prompted the new Twitter CEO to weigh in, dropping a damning allegation about Google along the way.
“Most people don’t appreciate the significance of the point Matt was making: *Every* social media company is engaged in heavy censorship, with significant involvement of and, at times, explicit direction of the government,” Musk tweeted. “Google frequently makes links disappear, for example.”
Most people don’t appreciate the significance of the point Matt was making:
*Every* social media company is engaged in heavy censorship, with significant involvement of and, at times, explicit direction of the government.
Google frequently makes links disappear, for example.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 27, 2022
Google, which owns YouTube, has long been accused of manipulating search results to steer away from more conservative links, and YouTube has it’s own track record of censoring content.
In linking to a Substack article he penned on the topic, Greenwald tweeted: “When Dems controlled both houses of Congress and the WH (and Exec Branch), they repeatedly summoned Big Tech CEOs and openly and explicitly threatened them: if you don’t *censor more*, you will be punished. And DHS/FBI/CIA applied immense pressure.”
Musk concurred: “Exactly!”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 27, 2022
In effect, the “tech bros” were being steered and manipulated by the Democratic Party and the various government agencies that seem to function as extensions of the party’s campaign arm. Then again, as we’ve learned, former intelligence officials permeate the ranks at social media companies so the deck was stacked against them by their own doing.
This is the story of our times, yet much of the media, beginning with the New York Times, can’t be bothered by what may prove to be the greatest danger our “democracy” faces.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Both Google & Facebook Trust & Safety departments are managed by ex-CIA officers.
They don’t even hide it. All publicly sourced details https://t.co/524sTfkils
— Name Redacted (@NameRedacted247) December 28, 2022
It’s amazing to watch. When they nuked Andrew Tate, all of the platforms eliminated him almost simultaneously—a cancellation cascade.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) December 28, 2022
Government is extremely dangerous especially when it directly is involved in propaganda and censorship in such aggressive ways! https://t.co/YlFAUvPE5p
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) December 28, 2022
I can confirm that even Rumble was pressured to censor, how we dealth with it, is in stark contract to most social media companies.
The public saw some of our fights in public (France), and some that we haven’t told the story of, *yet*. https://t.co/VrKX2pZj7S
— Chris Pavlovski (@chrispavlovski) December 27, 2022
This should be the biggest media scandal, and they’re pretending it’s not happening. The opposite of what they did with covid… https://t.co/cVPSZNVqnW
— Brently+ (@kopopoulous) December 28, 2022
This is the fight of our times. https://t.co/PimozwUesh
— Mark Changizi (@MarkChangizi) December 27, 2022
We need a full-on investigation into Facebook, Google, and Amazon, for starters, to understand the depth & breadth of not only censorship, but election interference & government “integration” with them, both their operations & their physical infrastructure. https://t.co/tHe6l7naqQ
— Mark Pukita (@mpukita) December 27, 2022
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