The latest Twitter File drop shows the U.S. government used Twitter to rig the conversation surrounding covid and its treatment.
On Monday, Twitter revealed its latest drops centered around what took place at the company while the U.S. government worked behind the scenes to suppress free speech.
David Zweig said in his first thread that Twitter rigged the Covid debate:
-By censoring info that was true but inconvenient to U.S. govt policy
-By discrediting doctors and other experts who disagreed
-By suppressing ordinary users, including some sharing the CDC’s *own data*
He went on to recap what the Twitter files have focused on so far, and “how the company functioned as a kind of subsidiary of the FBI; and how execs rewrote the platform’s rules to accommodate their own political desires.”

This Twitter File drop focused on another “piece of that important story.”

Zweig pointed towards the government directing Twitter and platforms on how they wanted the narrative scripted;

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“The United States government pressured Twitter and other social media platforms to elevate certain content and suppress other content about Covid-19.”

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Apparently, both The Trump and Biden administrations reached out for help from Twitter, pressuring the executives “to moderate the platforms pandemic content.”
Trump’s administration was concerned about panic buying.

The White House met with social media giants under both administrations. When Biden took over, the focus shifted from ensuring there was not a run on food to silencing vaccine questions and hesitancy. Especially in regards to silencing “anti-vaxxer” accounts, like Alex Berenson.

 

Zweig details how President Biden began blaming companies for people’s deaths in 2021 when he claimed social media companies were “killing people” for allowing vaccine misinformation.
As a result, Alex Berenson was kicked off Twitter but sued and settled with the company. “Twitter was compelled to release certain internal communications, which showed direct White House pressure on the company to take action on Berenson.”

 

A December 2022 summary of the meetings between Twitter and the White House adds more evidence of the pressure Twitter received.
The Biden team was described as “very angry” that Twitter was not more aggressively censoring accounts.

Internal communications show that Twitter employees debated the issue in extensive back-and-forth conversations on censoring information. Yet Twitter still opted to silence health professionals if their positions did not align with the White House narrative.

Zweig outlined how Twitter moderated content and three serious problems in their process:

  1. They used bots for much of their content moderation.
  2. They used contractors to moderate who were not subject experts from places like the Philippines.
  3. High-level executives decided how content should be moderated from their own individual biases.

 

“Dissident yet legitimate content was labeled misinformation.” So accurate information put out by Doctors was removed, and their accounts were suspended.
Dr. Martin Kulldorff serves as an example. He said thinking everyone should be vaccinated was scientifically flawed and that those who had covid did not need the vaccine. “Kulldroff, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, tweeted views at odds with US public health authorities and the American left, the political affiliation of nearly the entire staff at Twitter.”

 

Twitter censored Dr. Kulldorff, as internal emails show. Moderators said his tweet violated the company’s misinformation policy. They claimed he shared “false information.”
Because Dr. Kulldorff’s tweet was at odds with White House propaganda, it was censored. However, Dr. “Kulldorff’s statement was an expert opinion-one which happened to be in line with vaccine policies in numerous other countries.”

Twitter’s action stopped people from being able to see and share Kulldorff’s tweet.

This type of action taken by Twitter was found to be a constant at the company, according to Zweig’s review of internal files. He gave multiple examples in the Twitter Files of the suppression of medical free speech.

 

The entire situation was summed up well by TJ Moe, who tweeted;
“They told us to ‘trust the experts’ while censoring and trying to ruin the careers of the real experts who told the truth. They actively removed inconvenient information on the tax so they could try to mandate it for all. And both parties did it. Our prisons should be full.”

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