The agency used its influence at Twitter to unconstitutionally disrupt free speech, argues retired congressman Ron Paul
The FBI used its proprietary side channels at Twitter to violate First Amendment Americans’ rights and should “rejected,” former US Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Monday.
Although Twitter has previously dismissed accusations of violating Americans’ freedom of speech by arguing that it is a private corporation, Paul points out that recently published internal communications between Employees of the social media giant and government officials in the FBI and other agencies endorse the platform as acting as a representative of the state.
“We now have evidence that the FBI (along with US intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security) acted through ‘private’ social media companies to manipulate what Americans were told. permission to speak when they communicate with each other,” the former Texas congressman wrote in the weekly column for his website, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
“We don’t need the FBI and CIA and other federal agencies to see us as enemies and attack our Constitution. End of Fed…and end of Federal Bureau of Investigation!Paul concluded, referring to his long-standing call for the liquidation of the privately held US central bank.
FBI agents emailed Twitter Safety and Trust chief Yoel Roth about 150 times between 2020 and 2022, according to internal communications released by platform CEO Elon Musk earlier this month, with most of the messages related to requests for moderation. However, even as Musk published the documents on Twitter, former FBI general counsel turned Twitter attorney, Jim Baker, ‘checked’ the messages, allegedly without Musk’s knowledge. . When this came to the attention of the billionaire, Baker was fired – but not before he reshaped the story.
Twitter is said to have hired dozens of FBI agents and other intelligence and military veterans in recent years, raising questions about the platform’s fairness even before a lawsuit brought by the attorney general. Missouri and Louisiana attorneys filed earlier this year revealed that employees regularly meet with representatives of U.S. government agencies that coordinate the ban and block certain accounts and stories.
While Paul questioned the media’s failure to turn Twitter Profiles into the scandal he felt they deserved, he was encouraged by a recent survey that found 70% of Americans believe that Congress must act to end the collusion between Big Tech and Big Brother.
The FBI said in a statement released after the publication of the Twitter File that the agency “regularly engage with private sector organizations to provide information specific to subversive, covert or criminal activities of identified foreign actors of bad influence.” It added that “private sector entities make decisions independently about the actions they take on their platforms and to their customers, if any, after the FBI has notified them.“