A former top Twitter official's admission that they met regularly with federal agents prior to the 2020 presidential election has sparked conservative scrutiny. https://t.co/mEbxGqawyo— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) December 8, 2022
Now, a former top Twitter official’s admission that they met regularly with federal agents prior to the 2020 presidential election has sparked conservative scrutiny about whether FBI officials were improperly pressuring the powerful social media company to suppress stories that could have hurt the then Democrat nominee, Joe Biden.
But aside from those interactions, additional questions are being raised about how cozy the microblogging platform was with the bureau and if there were any “unofficial” communication lines open. That line of inquiry is being freshly explored given that numerous former FBI officials have been employed at Twitter over the years – including at least one notable player from the anti-Trump Steele dossier controversy. NewsMax
And in a break with tradition, the left is beginning to report on the story.
Organized by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, as many as seven D.C.-based FBI agents held weekly meetings with Twitter and Facebook executives during the 2020 race, Chan testified in an ongoing lawsuit, the Post’s Miranda Devine reported. The lawsuit, launched by Republican attorney generals of Missouri and Louisiana, alleges that the White House and federal agencies colluded with tech companies to censor speech along ideological lines on social-media platforms.
Chan told Missouri solicitor general John Sauer that the FBI made Twitter aware of an incoming “hack and leak” operation but did not say whether Hunter Biden was a key part. Chan’s testimony contradicts a sworn declaration that Yoel Roth, former head of safety and integrity at Twitter, made to the Federal Elections Commission on December 21, 2020, in which he said the FBI warnings mentioned Hunter Biden specifically. More at Yahoo!
However, the warnings were so specific that Twitter immediately censored The Post’s scoop about Hunter Biden’s laptop on Oct. 14, 2020, citing its “hacked materials” policy, a move described on Saturday as “election interference” by Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk.