Newly released documents show that Twitter “directly assisted” the Pentagon’s propaganda campaigns. Twitter executives have granted the United States Defense Department special privileges to use the social media platform for its “covert online influence campaigns” for at least five years.
Most of us have been aware of the deliberate attempt to modify human behavior and convince them of the government’s official narratives. But now, there’s proof that Twitter is being used to control the slaves further.
Spearheaded by journalist Matt Taibbi and fellow reporter Bari Weiss, the Twitter Files have been published on a rolling basis with the blessing of the site’s new owner, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk
Investigative journalist Lee Fang published the eighth batch of documents on Tuesday, after Musk authorized the release in an effort to provide transparency about Twitter’s past decision-making. “Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the US military’s influence operations,” Fang wrote. The journalist was allowed to make requests for internal Twitter documents through an attorney, “meaning that the search results may not have been exhaustive.”
7. CENTCOM then shifted strategies & deleted disclosures of ties to the Twitter accounts. The bios of the accounts changed to seemingly organic profiles. One bio read: “Euphrates pulse.” Another used an apparent deep fake profile pic & claimed to be a source of Iraqi opinion. pic.twitter.com/VVVb15BDQ2
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) December 20, 2022
The exposed collusion took place since at least 2017, when Nathaniel Kahler, an official working with US Central Command, sent an email to Twitter requesting verification and “whitelisting” of several dozen Arab-language accounts that CENTCOM was using “to amplify certain messages.” The very same day, Twitter integrity team members applied a “special exemption tag” that essentially granted the accounts the privileges of verification without a visible blue check mark.
While the Pentagon allegedly promised not to conceal their affiliation, at some point, profile bios and photos of some of these accounts were changed, and they began posing as ordinary users or “unbiased” sources of opinion and information.-RT
Other emails, which were obtained by The Intercept showed that high-level Twitter officials, including the former head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth, attorney Stacia Cardille, and deputy general counsel Jim Baker, discussed the collusion between Twitter and the U.S. government as “potentially problematic” in the following years, but allowed many of the accounts to remain active today.
In one email, Baker speculated that “DoD might want to give us a timetable for shutting them down in a more prolonged way that will not compromise any ongoing operations or reveal their connections to DoD.” However, none of the emails provided to The Intercept shed any light on what exactly was discussed at the classified meetings with the Pentagon officials.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t end with Twitter. The government’s influence campaign appears to be linked to a larger-scale operation that ran beyond those several dozen Twitter accounts and across many other internet platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, and Telegram, as initially highlighted by researchers at Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory back in August, and corroborated by a Washington Post investigation in September.