Concerns have been raised concerning the continuing court case of Douglass Mackey, an online troll who was prosecuted in 2021 for spreading “disinformation” via a Twitter meme and who the government has accused of “conspiring” to deny others the opportunity to vote.
Many surprising developments have surfaced after the release of Twitter Files. Among the leaks, the ones about the government and the FBI marking people on social media as potential threats stand out as particularly troubling. Twitter is only one example; other social media are also a target of the same worries.
After a series of “Twitter Files” showed Twitter’s widespread coordination with the FBI and other agencies to regulate public conversation prior to Elon Musk’s takeover of the digital giant, the FBI attempted to recover its reputation on Wednesday by portraying the discoveries as standard procedure.
Tuesday saw the release of the ninth edition of “Twitter Files” by investigative journalist Lee Fang, highlighting how the social media giant quietly assisted the Pentagon’s secret online PsyOp effort.