Yoel Roth was ‘uncomfortable’ being grilled over ‘state propaganda’ on the app
Posted BY: Daily Mail
The most recent edition of the ‘Twitter Files’ revealed that FBI officials demanded execs for the social media giant to give them information about how they were enforcing safety online.
Journalist Matt Taibbi, who released the first batch of internal files about the Hunter Biden saga earlier in December, posted emails showing the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force wanted info about state-run media’s use of the site.
Taibbi dubbed this release ‘Twitter Files Supplemental’ and seemed to wonder why the agency was unsatisfied with the idea that it ‘had not observed much recent activity from official propaganda actors.’
Even Yoel Roth, the former ‘Twitter censor’ who was forced to flee after Elon Musk shared part of his thesis which suggested letting children access gay hook-up app Grindr, was uncomfortable with the FBI agent Elvis Chan’s requests.
The released emails show that Roth feared the FBI was breaking the law to help US intelligence engage in domestic operations.
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He responded to Chan saying: ‘I’m frankly perplexed by the requests here, which seem more like something we’d get from a congressional committee than the Bureau.’
Taibbi reported the comments, which come after he released the latest batch of ‘Twitter Files’ on the social media site, questioning the legality of an intelligence agency trying to get Twitter’s help in domestic operations.
The FBI responded to Taibbi with a statement, saying: ‘The FBI regularly engages with private sector entities to provide information specific to identified foreign malign influence actors’ subversive, undeclared, covert, or criminal activities,” the agency told Taibbi.’