“Did the US government ever contact you or anyone else at Twitter to moderate or censor certain tweets? Yes or No?”
“We received legal commands to remove content from the platform from the US government and governments all around the world.” (Ms Gadde)
“Thank God for Matt Taibbi. Thank God for Elon Musk, for allowing to show us and the world that Twitter was basically a subsidiary of the FBI, censoring real medical voices with real expertise that put real American lives at risk because they didn’t have that information.”
Representative Nancy Mace, House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, quizzing Twitter executives including Ms Gadde on 9 February 2023 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0ME1Mx50gQ )
My take on it
My earlier post on the whole-of-society censorship model explains how the whole system collaborates.
This congressional testimony fleshes out a significant player in just one of its four domains, ie the media.
Dr Pierre Kory has recently condemned the general stance of the media in steadfastly refusing even to recognise vaccine injury.
It is probably helpful to overall awakening of the general public for these revelations to be coming from both directions.
A ‘whole-of-society’ effort … that’s actually the terminology of basically every mainstream, censorship professional … What that means is four categories of institutions in society all working together towards the common goal of censorship. So you’ve got government, the private sector, civil society and the news media and fact checking. … At the News Media & Fact Checking level you’ve go political like-mindeds among the media that are propped up by the government, by the public sector, by the civil society, so that they can manage public narratives about various issues and can amplify pressure for censorship by creating negative press on the tech companies.”
Mike Benz, Executive Director, Foundation for Freedom Online, interviewed on American Thought Leaders