The FBI met with representatives of the top social media companies weekly in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, it was reported on Saturday.
Agent Elvis Chan reportedly made the revelation during an affidavit for a Republican-led case against the Biden administration alleging alleged “censorship” of social media, according to Fox News.
The GOP attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana are accusing White House officials of colluding with big tech in removing unfavorable reporting “under the guise of fighting misinformation.”
It comes amid fallout from the Elon Musk-promoted Twitter ‘exposé’ apparently intended to prove that the platform – which he recently acquired for $44 billion – was collaborating with Democrats to tip the scales in the election of 2020.
It involved correspondence, mostly between top Twitter executives, about the site’s suppression of the infamous New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop that was published in October 2020.
But while Donald Trump and many of his allies cried viciously in response to the so-called “Twitter files,” others in his camp surprisingly shrugged it off.
‘So far I am deeply impressed. We know that the Dems in DC are colluding with the Dems in Palo Alto,” former Trump administration official Sebastian Gorka wrote on Twitter after journalist Matt Taibbi published the findings.
Big Hop. Need a paper trail of crimes. Elon better have that.’
Former Trump administration aide Sebastian Gorka said Elon Musk has ‘better’ stronger evidence of conspiracy to censor stories on Twitter after hyped Matt Taibbi’s ‘Twitter exposé’
Gorka was one of the few current or former Trump allies to shrug off findings that Musk promised would be revealing in nature
Tesla billionaire Musk had promised there would be another exposé on Saturday, after Taibbi’s, but he came back at 11pm that night — literally — and wrote, “Looks like we need another day or so.”
The published correspondence shows Twitter employees going back and forth to justify their censorship of the story under the site’s hacked material rules. It seems that many top officials on the platform were hesitant about whether Hunter Biden’s laptop had been opened in an unscrupulous manner.
Taibbi also provides screenshots showing Twitter employees complying with requests from the Biden campaign to remove certain links — a practice followed by both campaigns at the time.
Links sent by the Biden team reportedly contained nude photos of Hunter Biden that were allegedly posted without his permission.
While Musk suggested that the Democrats could have helped violate the First Amendment, Taibbi points out in his reporting that the Trump administration—then in power—asked Twitter to do the same.
“Government suppression of speech is newsworthy,” Trump 2016 adviser AJ Delgado wrote Saturday. So, when is [Taibbi] working on a thread about the requests/emails sent by the Trump WH???’
It includes requests from the Biden campaign team to remove certain links — allegedly inappropriate images of Hunter Biden published without his permission
She pointed out that he called Trump’s White House actions “hasty,” but accused him of “covering it up.”
But none of the reports indicate that the Biden team ever asked for the New York Post article to be censored or removed — something Facebook did after warnings from the FBI, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg told podcast host Joe Rogan in August that agency officials told him to be “highly alert” to items related to “Russian propaganda” in the run-up to the election.
He couldn’t recall if the FBI specifically flagged the laptop story, but said it “essentially fit the pattern.”
Musk suggested Twitter was “acting on government orders to suppress free speech,” seemingly in reference to the Biden campaign asking the platform to remove links — but it was Donald Trump who ran the government at the time, not Joe Biden
Musk promised more to come on Saturday, but at 11pm that night said it would be delayed
The interview is one of the items cited in the lawsuit brought by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt against the Biden administration.
In their reported statement by FBI Agent Elvis Chan last week, he allegedly claimed to be part of a group made up of foreign influence and cybersecurity infrastructure experts who regularly met with social media giants to discuss misinformation ahead of the 2020 race.
A source in Schmitt’s office told Fox that the discussions focused on Russian disinformation.
The federal judge who ordered Chan to testify reportedly said he “had jurisdiction over cybersecurity issues for the FBI in the San Francisco, California, area, which is also home to major social media platforms’ headquarters, and that he played a critical role for the FBI in coordinating with social media.” media platforms related to censorship.”