Running List of All Twitter Files Releases
ThreadReader links, notable tweets, and overviews included
Here is a running list of all Twitter Files releases through March 18th, 2023.
There have been 19 parts so far.
Six independent journalists have been given access to Twitter’s files related to censorship and government collusion by Elon Musk, and they have been releasing threaded reports of their investigations on Twitter - Matt Taibbi, Michael Shellenberger, Bari Weiss, Lee Fang, David Zweig, and Alex Berenson. (Using Twitter to expose Twitter, poetic!)
This list will be updated as more Files get published.
Pt 1 - The Twitter Files
Matt Taibbi (12.2.22)
Overview: Introduction to what we will be learning about the inner workings of Twitter to moderate content and how the employees communicated with each other (and the government) to handle censorship issues.
#8 - The Biden Team emailed Twitter with requests to censor content before the 2020 election.
#11 - Data showing how overwhelmingly lopsided Twitter was in terms of political donations. 95% of Twitter employees donated to Democrats.
Twitter Files Pt 1 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 2 - Twitter’s Secret Blacklists
Bari Weiss (12.8.22)
Overview: A look into how Twitter employees handled what’s known as “shadow banning”, along with screenshots of what these employees saw on Twitter’s backend.
#3 - Twitter shadow banned content from university professors with anti-lockdown sentiment.
#7 - Twitter didn’t call the process shadow banning, but “visibility filtering”.
#16 - Popular accounts LibsofTikTok hit with all kinds of tags and warnings on the backend of Twitter.
Twitter Files Pt 2 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 3 - The Removal of Donald Trump Part One: October 2020-January 6th
Matt Taibbi (12.9.22)
Overview: How Twitter handled President Trump’s account in the days leading up to January 6th 2021, and how Twitter employees communicated with each other over the issue.
#6 - Once they banned Trump’s account, Twitter employees became drunk on power and discussed what they may do to future presidents who break their platform’s arbitrary rules.
#11 - Twitter executives bragging about their meeting with federal agencies.
#36 - Trump was being “visibility filtered” as late as a week before the election.
Twitter Files Pt 3 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 4 - The Removal of Donald Trump: January 7
Michael Shellenberger (12.10.22)
Overview: A continued look into how Twitter employees handled the banning of President Trump, particularly the day after the events of January 6th, 2021. The employees arbitrarily interpreted Twitter’s rules in order to remove Trump’s account.
Unnumbered - Yoel Roth (head of Twitter Trust & Safety team at the time) discussing banning “QAnon terms” (that actually had nothing to do with Q).
Unnumbered - Twitter employees debating whether or not to ban accounts who screenshot Trump’s tweets.
Twitter Files Pt 4 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 5 - The Removal of Trump from Twitter
Bari Weiss (12.12.22)
Overview: The final thread on the removal of Trump’s account. This thread details how Twitter contradicted their own rules in leaving certain heads of state on their platform, meanwhile they deleted Trump’s account.
#12 - Some of Twitter’s employees admitting that Trump didn’t break any of their platform rules.
#20 - Iran’s president and Malaysia’s prime minister making tweets openly calling for death against a group of people, yet they didn’t get banned from the platform.
Twitter Files Pt 5 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 6 - Twitter, The FBI Subsidiary
Matt Taibbi (12.16.22)
Overview: Proof that Twitter engaged directly with government agencies, the FBI, DHS, and DNI in particular, to police and censor content online.
#7 - The FBI’s social media-focused task force, known as FTIF, created in the wake of the 2016 election, swelled to 80 agents.
#10 - Agencies like the FBI and DHS regularly sent social media content to Twitter through multiple entry points, pre-flagged for moderation.
#33 - The 2016 “Russia collusion” lie is still being used as a justification for the expansion of the national security state.
Twitter Files Pt 6 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 7 - The FBI & the Hunter Biden Laptop
Michael Shellenberger (12.19.22)
Overview: How the FBI and Twitter colluded together to create justification and censor content related to the Hunter Biden’s laptop story that the New York Post broke on October 14th, 2020.
#14 - FBI warnings of a Russian hack-and-leak operation relating to Hunter Biden based was not based on any new intelligence, as admitted by an FBI special agent.
#16 - Twitter debunked false claims by journalists of foreign influence on its platform.
#29 - As of 2020, there were so many former FBI employees working at Twitter that they had created their own private Slack channel.
Twitter Files Pt 7 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 8 - How Twitter Quietly Aided the Pentagon’s Covert Online PsyOp Campaign
Lee Fang (12.20.22)
Overview: Twitter aided and abetted U.S. Military psychological operations on their platform, despite publicly saying that they would shut down any state-sponsored propaganda networks.
#3 - Twitter gave approval & special protection to the U.S. military’s online psychological influence operations.
#18 - Twitter actively assisted CENTCOM’s network going back to 2017 and as late as 2020 knew these accounts were covert/designed to deceive to manipulate the discourse, a violation of Twitter’s policies & promises. They waited years to suspend.
Twitter Files Pt 8 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 9 - Twitter and “Other Government Agencies”
Matt Taibbi (12.24.22)
Overview: Not only did the FBI and DHS collude with Twitter to censor online speech, but the CIA was also found to collude with Twitter on censorship as well.
#5 - The operation is far bigger than the reported 80 members of the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF)
#8 - FBI Agents asked Twitter execs if they could invite CIA officials to conferences
#17 - Other Tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, and even Pinterest held regular meeting with government.
#27 - Local Police Departments, such as Baltimore, had officers on staff doing keyword searche on Tech platforms to find anyone they could ban.
Twitter Files Pt 9 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 10 - How Twitter Rigged The COVID Debate
David Zweig (12.26.22)
Overview: The United States government pressured Twitter and other social media platforms to elevate certain content and suppress other content about Covid-19.
#8 - When the Biden admin took over, one of their first meeting requests with Twitter executives was on Covid. The focus was on “anti-vaxxer accounts.” Especially Alex Berenson
#11 - A December 2022 summary of meetings with the White House by Lauren Culbertson, Twitter’s Head of U.S. Public Policy, adds new evidence of the White House’s pressure campaign, and cements that it repeatedly attempted to directly influence the platform.
#16 - Contractors, in places like the Philippines, were also hired to moderate content. They were given decision trees to aid in the process.
Twitter Files Pt 10 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 11 - How Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In
Matt Taibbi (1.3.23)
Overview: How the government pressured Big Tech companies to begin censorship campaigns in 2017 using the “Russia Collusion” narratives.
Twitter Files Pt 11 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 12 - Twitter and the FBI “Belly Button”
Matt Taibbi (1.3.23)
Overview: The government still using the “Russia Collusion” narratives YEARS later to force Big Tech companies to censor, now using that excuse to censor COVID related content.
Twitter Files Pt 12 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 13 - How Scott Gottlieb Suppressed the Debate on COVID Vaccines
Alex Berenson (1.9.23)
Overview: How Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA and now a Pfizer board member, pressured Twitter to censor content on COVID vaccines, which his company directly benefits from.
Twitter Files Pt 13 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 14 - THE RUSSIAGATE LIES
Matt Tiabbi (1.12.23)
Twitter Files Pt 14 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 15 - Move Over Jayson Blair: Twitter Files Expose Next Great Media Fraud
Matt Tiabbi (1.27.23)
Twitter Files Pt 15 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 16 - Comic Interlude: A Media Experiment
Matt Tiabbi (2.18.23)
Twitter Files Pt 16 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 17 - New Knowledge, The Global Engagement Center, and State-Sponsored Blacklists
Matt Tiabbi (3.2.23)
Twitter Files Pt 17 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 18 - Statement to Congress, THE CENSORSHIP-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Matt Tiabbi (3.9.23)
Twitter Files Pt 18 Thread Reader » click here
Pt 19 - The Great Covid-19 Lie Machine Stanford, the Virality Project, and the Censorship of “True Stories”
Matt Tiabbi (3.17.23)
Twitter Files Pt 19 Thread Reader » click here
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