FBI REPORTEDLY WORKED WITH SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES IN 2020 TO CENSOR ‘DISINFORMATION,’ AGENT TESTIFIES
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said on Twitter this week that “the FBI plays a large role in censoring speech with social media companies – from weekly meetings with social media accounts to companies leading up to the 2020 election.” will ask for a takedown.”
According to Fox News, Chan testified to the Republican attorney general that Silicon Valley tech power players met weekly with the FBI to discuss “obfuscation” and censorship in the 2020 presidential election.
Per Schmitt, “Chan, the FBI’s FTIF and senior CISA officials met with social media companies in the lead-up to the 2020 election, where Chan privately told social media companies that there might be a Russian ‘hack and leak’ ‘Operation Before Election.”
Chan also testified via a Fox News report that the FBI allegedly provided social media companies with lists of Internet URLs and accounts that should be censored for being “distorted information.”
Schmidt continued on Twitter:
“Chan said the FBI routinely sends social media companies lists of URLs and social media accounts that should be removed because they contain “malicious information from foreign influence operations.” The FBI then investigates whether the platforms have removed the content…in many cases, the platforms Removed accounts flagged by the FBI.”
Many social media users will not be surprised by Chan’s testimony, as censorship and suspensions have been rampant over the past two years on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter’s new owner and CEO, Elon Musk, confirmed this week that Twitter had failed to provide a free platform in the past.
“The stark reality, as long-time users know, is that Twitter has long failed trust and security and meddled in elections,” he said in a tweet.