“Lists of URLs and accounts” for them to take down.
- The FBI has been caught meeting with Twitter employees in the weeks running up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan revealed on Tuesday under oath that the FBI held “weekly meetings” with social media platforms to remove “lists of URLs and accounts” ahead of the 2020 elections.
- The FBI claimed it was to fight back against “foreign election interference operations.”
- The lawsuit accuses high-ranking government officials of colluding with social media companies “under the guise of combating misinformation” to achieve greater censorship.
- Chan worked in the FBI’s San Francisco bureau, and was questioned under oath about his alleged “critical role” in “coordinating with social-media platforms relating to censorship and suppression of speech on their platforms.”
- The agent stated, along with the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force and senior Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency officials, had weekly meetings with major social media companies to warn against Russian disinformation attempts ahead of the 2020 election, according to a source in the Missouri attorney general’s office.
- Chan testified that in multiple, separate meetings, the FBI warned social media companies that there could be potential Russian “hack and dump” or “hack and leak” operations.
- 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.”
LAWSUIT CONFIRMS PUBLIC CONCERNS OF CENSORSHIP:
- “Since filing our lawsuit, we’ve uncovered troves of discovery that show a massive ‘censorship enterprise,'” Attorney General Eric Schmitt told Fox News Digital. “Now, we’re deposing top government officials, and we’re one of the first to get a look under the hood the information we’ve uncovered through those depositions has been shocking to say the least. It’s clear from Tuesday’s deposition that the FBI has an extremely close role in working to censor freedom of speech.”
- 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.
- Attorney General Jeff Landry told Fox News Digital, “Americans should be angered that during the 2020 election cycle, federal agencies peddled information that has since been disproven.”
- “No American should be censored by the government,” he added.
ELON MUSK ON DEMOCRATS USING TWITTER TO INTERFERE WITH THE 2020 ELECTION:
“If Twitter is doing one team’s bidding before an election, shutting down dissenting voices on a pivotal election, that is the very definition of election interference… Frankly Twitter was acting like an arm of the Democratic National Committee,” Musk said.
- Elon Musk blasted the far-left New York Times on Saturday for the news outlet’s silence on the recently-released censorship report on Twitter’s Hunter Biden laptop cover-up ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.
- The bombshell report, which revealed Twitter executives had been urged by Biden staff members to delete tweets relating to the contents of Hunter’s laptop, was absent from some major news outlets, including the Times and The Washington Post.
- Conservative radio host Clay Travis said over the weekend, “Whatever your politics are, if you’re in media and you don’t think new revelations about the most severe censorship of a newspaper’s story in big tech history isn’t a story worthy of covering you aren’t a journalist you’re a propagandist.”
- Twitter took major steps to suppress the story surrounding the laptop, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe” for viewers to read.
- Images of Hunter Biden fully naked and smoking crack also appear in the tweets that staffers from President Biden’s campaign asked Twitter to delete.
Carli Eastwood contributed to this report.