Twitter Aided U.S. Military Covert Online Propaganda Campaign, Latest Twitter Files Reveal

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    by Michael Nevradakis, Ph.D., Childrens Health Defense:

    The latest “Twitter files” document dump, posted by journalist Lee Fang of The Intercept, revealed that Twitter knowingly violated its own internal policies and public claims that it prohibited all forms of government-backed propaganda by protecting accounts created by the U.S. military.

    Part eight of the “Twitter files,” released Tuesday, revealed another layer of collusion between Twitter and elements of the U.S. government and military establishment, including that Twitter protected numerous accounts and personas created by the U.S. military for the dissemination of propaganda in the Middle East and beyond.

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    The latest “Twitter files” document drop, posted by journalist Lee Fang of The Intercept, revealed that Twitter knowingly violated its own internal policies and public claims that it prohibited all forms of government-backed propaganda.

    The accounts created by the Pentagon and U.S. military sought to influence public opinion in several countries.

    The documents went public amid Elon Musk’s announcement, in a tweet, that he will “resign as CEO as soon as” he finds “someone foolish enough to take the job.” The announcement followed the Dec. 19 results of an online poll conducted by Musk, where a majority of respondents voted for Musk to step down as head of Twitter.

    The latest documents also built on revelations from part seven of the “Twitter files,” indicating that the FBI paid Twitter staffers directly to process censorship requests it submitted to the platform.

    Twitter ‘whitelisted’ covert U.S. military propaganda accounts

    Twitter had, for years, “pledged to shut down all state-backed disinformation and propaganda efforts, never making an explicit exception for the U.S,” according to Fang. Twitter had even made this pledge in 2020 testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee.

    Fang tweeted:

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