Following the latest revelations from the “Twitter Files,” Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk indicated on Dec. 20 that he would support a congressional investigation into the FBI’s alleged efforts to censor social media users.
On Monday, author Michael Shellenberger presented the seventh installment of the Twitter Files exposé, sharing internal documents from the social media company that he said described as an “organized effort” by intelligence officials to discredit leaked information about Hunter Biden both before and after the New York Post published content from the younger Biden’s laptop on Oct. 14, 2020, in the lead up to the presidential election.
Commenting on those revelations on Tuesday, former PayPal COO David Sacks suggested the creation of a “new Church Commission” to investigate the alleged censorship initiatives of the FBI and intelligence community, referencing a congressional committee that investigated abuses of the intelligence community in the 1970s.
Musk, sharing that tweet, responded, “Hear, hear!!”
In Monday’s installment, Shellenberger delved into the reasons why Twitter had moved so quickly to censor The New York Post’s “explosive” story on Hunter Biden’s business dealings, even though, as would later be confirmed, “Every single fact in it was accurate.”
Internal emails disclosed by Shellenberger showed that, in the weeks and months leading up to the 2020 election, Twitter was under increasing pressure from the FBI to report any evidence of foreign influence on the election.
“We have seen a sustained (If uncoordinated) effort by the IC [intelligence community] to push us to share more info & change our API policies,” noted then-director of policy and philanthropy, U.S. and Canada, Carlos Monje Jr., in one exchange on Jan. 2, 2020. “They are probing & pushing everywhere they can (including by whispering to congressional staff).”
Another revelation from Monday’s disclosures was that by the end of September 2020, the FBI and Twitter had set up an encrypted messaging network for communications and had agreed to create a “virtual war room” for the FBI and other intelligence agencies.