Whistlebloweren Musk II

Taibbi skriver mere om, hvad hans første undersøgelser af hvorledes det så ud indefra Twitter, når der skulle censureres til fordel for Demokraterne og den overlejrede stat.

 On October 14, 2020, the New York Post published BIDEN SECRET EMAILS, an expose based on the contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop: Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.” They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.

White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany was locked out of her account for tweeting about the story, prompting a furious letter from Trump campaign staffer Mike Hahn, who seethed: “At least pretend to care for the next 20 days.” This led public policy executive Caroline Strom to send out a polite WTF query. Several employees noted that there was tension between the comms/policy teams, who had little/less control over moderation, and the safety/trust teams:

Strom’s note returned the answer that the laptop story had been removed for violation of the company’s “hacked materials” policy: https://web.archive.org/web/2019071714 Although several sources recalled hearing about a “general” warning from federal law enforcement that summer about possible foreign hacks, there’s no evidence – that I’ve seen – of any government involvement in the laptop story. In fact, that might have been the problem…

The decision was made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role. “They just freelanced it,” is how one former employee characterized the decision. “Hacking was the excuse, but within a few hours, pretty much everyone realized that wasn’t going to hold. But no one had the guts to reverse it.”

You can see the confusion in the following lengthy exchange, which ends up including Gadde and former Trust and safety chief Yoel Roth. Comms official Trenton Kennedy writes, “I’m struggling to understand the policy basis for marking this as unsafe”: By this point “everyone knew this was fucked,” said one former employee, but the response was essentially to err on the side of… continuing to err.


An amazing subplot of the Twitter/Hunter Biden laptop affair was how much was done without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, and how long it took for the situation to get “unfucked” (as one ex-employee put it) even after Dorsey jumped in.

James Woods blev også censureret efter anmodning fortæller han Tucker Carlson.

Skandalen, eller en af dem, er at efterretningsvæsenet direkte botaniserer i debatten via de sociale medier og andre digitale giganter. Det vil sige, at selv om det er private virksomheder som Twitter eller Facebook, der udfører det praktiske, er det på vegne af staten. Med Musks ord “Twitter acting by itself to suppress free speech is not a 1st amendment violation, but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is,”.

 Fox News rapporterede forleden at FBI fik de sociale medier til at censurere på deres vegne, for hvad efterretningsvæsenet betragtede som desinformation 

 An FBI agent testified to Republican attorneys general this week that the FBI held weekly meetings with Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley ahead of the 2020 presidential election to discuss “disinformation” on social media and ask about efforts to censor that information.


Those meetings were initially quarterly, then monthly, then weekly heading into the presidential election between former President Donald Trump and now President Biden. According to a source, Chan testified that in those multiple, separate meetings, the FBI warned the social media companies that there could be potentially Russian “hack and dump” or “hack and leak” operations.

In their complaint, the GOP AGs noted an Aug. 26 podcast episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in which Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that “the FBI basically came to us” and told Facebook to be “on high alert” relating to “a lot of Russian propaganda.” Zuckerberg added that the FBI said “there’s about to be some kind of dump… that’s similar to that, so just be vigilant.”

As noted in the complaint, Zuckerberg stated, “If the FBI… if they come to us and tell us we need to be on guard about something, then I want to take that seriously.” Zuckerberg said he could not recall if the FBI specifically flagged the Hunter Biden laptop story as Russian disinformation, but said that the story “basically fit the pattern” that the FBI had identified.

At der nu foreligger beviser på, hvad alle kunne se – at valget i 2020 var manipuleret efterretningsvæsenet i samarbejde med de sociale medier og andre IT-giganter – har ikke rystet fortalerne for regimet i Washington.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, der også forsøgte at vinde Demokraternes nominering til præsidentkandidat, var pludseligt bange for Musks ejerskab af Twitter og slog fast “One human being should not be able to go into a dark room by himself and decide ‘Oh, that person gets heard from, that person doesn’t.’ That’s not how it should work.”

 Glenn Grennwald samlede en hel del hysteriske reaktioner, på Taibbis dokumentation. Ganske rigtigt 

You’ll see how these liberal media employees operate as a hive mind, an in-group pack, reciting the same phrases on cue. They have no novel thoughts. They’re Democratic Party activists who unite as pack animals(…)

…as usual, these people – who demand the power to censor the internet to protect you from disinformation – are the most frequent and casual liars. 

Følg pengene råder Greenwald længere nede i sin tråd, der er værd at læse, hvis man vil se en blanding af løgn og selvbedrag. Noam Blum konstaterede, at mange brugte den samme formulering “BLEEP BLOOP DOING PR FOR THE WORLD’S RICHEST MAN BLEEP BLOOP”. Scott Adams tweetede et screenshot fra CNNs forside

Here is how CNN is covering the biggest story of the year and the total collapse of their credibility — the Hunter laptop reveal by Twitter. “Hey, how about that virus, eh?”

CNN, MSNBC, Daily Beast og Mother Jones var blandt de mange, der dengang villigt forsøgte at miskreditere Hunter historien.

Og det havde store konsekvenser, fortalte NewsBusters dengang

To measure the true effect of the media’s censorship on the election, the Media Research Center asked The Polling Company to survey 1,750 Biden voters in seven swing states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin), six of which (all but North Carolina) were called for Biden (survey details below). We tested these voters’ knowledge of eight news stories — all important topics that our ongoing analysis had shown the liberal news media had failed to cover properly. We found that a huge majority (82%) of Biden voters were unaware of at least one of these key items, with five percent saying they were unaware of all eight of the issues we tested.

This lack of information proved crucial: One of every six Biden voters we surveyed (17%) said they would have abandoned the Democratic candidate had they known the facts about one or more of these news stories. A shift of this magnitude would have changed the outcome in all six of the swing states won by Joe Biden, and Donald Trump would have comfortably won a second term as president.

Som flere har pointeret, Trump havde ret i alt.

“…you are a criminal for not reporting it! Good luck everybody and have a good time!” 🙂