New information released by journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger ahead of their testimony before the Federal Government’s Select Militarization Subcommittee today revealed that government entities reported “anti-Ukraine stories” to Twitter for censorship. Additionally, he revealed that a project that partnered with several state entities and urged tech platforms to take action against “stories of real vaccine side effects” has been integrated into the ticketing system. Jira from Twitter.
The new information was provided in a new batch of “Twitter Files” (internal documents that highlight how Big Tech is often censored at the behest of the federal government, state-affiliated entities, or legacy media) and their opening statements. .
THE new twitter thread Files The thread included a previous email from “The Virality Project” calling for action against “stories of real vaccine side effects” and “real messages that could fuel hesitation.”
It also contained emails showing that The Virality Project was integrated with Twitter’s Jira ticketing system.
The Virality Project was previously known as the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), a coalition of research entities that push for censorship. EIP has previously claimed to have succeeded in getting nearly 22 million tweets tagged ahead of the 2020 US presidential election and that tech companies are taking action on 35% of the URLs it has. reported.
According to Taibbi, the EIP has partnered with state entities. It was created by the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) – an entity that Taibbi described as “the ultimate example of state, corporate and civil society organizations”.
The thread also noted that Twitter was “like a partner of the government” and provided more evidence that the feds were flagging content for censorship.
Some of the content flagged by the federal government included “anti-Ukrainian narratives”.
The thread also described how non-governmental organizations (NGOs), some of which receive state funding, have pushed for censorship and how mainstream media have “repeatedly” acted “as proxies for NGOs.” .