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December 9, 2022

December 8, 2022, is another day that will live in infamy.

That date will go down in history as the day the bomb was dropped, but this one is a truth-bomb courtesy of new Twitter CEO Elon Musk and his journalist assistants Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss, revealing the magnitude of the fraud that has been sold to us by social media, in this case Twitter. And the response to this needs to be just as unified and strong as anything FDR could have called for. This is as much a threat to our republic as any foreign power.

In “The Twitter Files, Part 2,” Weiss revealed --- appropriately, on Twitter --- that “teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics --- all in secret, without informing users.” And she told us that, contrary to what we’ve known up till now, former CEO Jack Dorsey WAS involved.

Twitter had both a “Trends Blacklist,” where such accounts as the great Libs Of TikTok were placed (Libs of TikTok was still there, as of December 7), and a “Search Blacklist,” where Dan Bongino spent some time. Eminent Stanford physician Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, who dared to make the case that COVID lockdowns would harm children (“misinformation!”), was on the Trends Blacklist. There was also a “Do Not Amplify list,” which included Charlie Kirk of Turning Point, USA.

The names are self-explanatory.  Being on the Trends Blacklist prevented your tweet from trending. Being on the Search Blacklist made it hard for users to search for you. To accomplish these things, collectively known as “shadowbanning,” Twitter employed a “visibility filtering (VF) tool.” A Twitter engineer told Weiss, “We control visibility quite a bit. And we control the amplification of your content quite a bit. And normal people do not know how much we do.”

The everyday content moderators who did most of the blacklisting were part of the Strategic Response Team—Global Escalation Team (SRT-GET). They “handled” about 200 cases a day. But above them, to handle “the biggest, most politically sensitive decisions” was a secret ivory-tower group called the “SIP-PES,” which stands for “Site Integrity Policy, Escalation Support.” This team included, among others, Vijaya Gadde, then-Head of Legal, Policy and Trust (and also Deputy General Counsel James Baker’s boss); Yoel Roth, then-Global Head of Trust and Safety; former CEO Parag Agrawal; and former CEO JACK DORSEY.

Within their bubble, they dealt with the high-follower and presumably most influential accounts that they deemed controversial. Decisions regarding these accounts were made off-book, as in, “no ticket or anything,” according to one Twitter employee.

Vijaya Gadde was one of the Twitter officials who insisted they didn’t engage in this. “Twitter exists to serve the public conversation, enabling important discussions around the world to occur. Favoring one specific ideology or belief goes against everything we stand for,” she lied in 2018.

As with Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss has an agreement that the documents she reports on have to be posted on Twitter first. But she said, “We’re just getting started with our reporting. Documents cannot tell the whole story here.” And there is still more; Taibbi will have a third installment. In the meantime, here’s Weiss’s complete Twitter thread…

Weiss tweeted that Twitter once had a mission ‘to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.’ Along the way, barriers nevertheless were erected.” Here’s more from BREITBART NEWS.

Miranda Devine, whose Hunter Biden laptop story in the NEW YORK POST was openly banned --- it couldn't even be shared privately --- and the POST locked out by Twitter, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Thursday night show to react. She found it “gratifying” that the top people at Twitter had been caught in their lies, “because they did lie.” She said she knows she was shadowbanned because now that Musk is in charge and her account is restored, her following is up by 40 percent, “and that’s just something that’s experienced by conservatives across the board.” She noted that while Bari Weiss is not a conservative –- her background includes THE NEW YORK TIMES –- all the accounts Weiss has named in her report have been conservative. “If there were left-wingers that had been banned,” Devine said, “you can bet that she would have named them, to be equal-opportunity.”
“I think Matt Taibbi was snowed,” Devine said, “probably by James Baker,” when he said a few things that “didn’t ring true,” such as that he hadn’t seen evidence of government involvement. (As you know if you read yesterday’s newsletter, former FBI general counsel Baker was just "exited" by Musk for withholding incriminating material to keep these reporters somewhat in the dark.)

She sees this as part of an “overall censorship scheme to stop anyone who went against the Biden administration, “against federal agencies like the CDC.”

She also thinks one reason Musk is doing this now is to get ahead of the revelations coming out of the brilliantly-timed lawsuit brought by the states of Missouri and Louisiana against the Biden administration for violating the First Amendment for allegedly “using the social media companies to do their dirty work.” That would have included the shadowbanning of Dr. Batthacharya for his sensible views on lockdowns that dared to challenge the capricious dictates of The Great Dr. Fauci.

Charlie Kirk, whose Twitter account had been knocked back 95 percent, said, “They’re treating my Twitter account with more scrutiny and censorship than the prime minister of Iran?? Than Hamas?? Than people who do actual terrorist-type damage.” Yes, that's what they did, and it's consistent with what our story yesterday about the FBI and DHS focusing so intently on what they’ve labeled “domestic terrorism” instead of actual terrorism.

“They saw what I had to say as a direct threat to the regime,” Kirk said, adding that he wants to know if they were told by the administration to do this. He recounted a “very warm” meeting he had with some of the Twitter employees, including Jack Dorsey, in the summer of 2018, in which Dorsey personally assured him that shadowbanning was not happening. “I didn’t really believe him at the time,” Kirk said, though he sort-of accepted that answer because he wasn’t yet experiencing the censorship that was to come after COVID hit in 2020. By then, he said, he “couldn’t even get a response out of Twitter.” That’s when he saw the company morph into “a Democrat SuperPAC.”

“I don’t think we’ll ever be able to measure the impact of what Twitter did to our voices online, in the calendar year of 2020...”

Of course, this is a fast-developing story and there is much more to come. It seems the next logical step is to very specifically reveal the role of the FBI and various intelligence agencies, as reflected in whatever it was James Baker didn't want the reporters to see.
In today's most shocking-but-not-surprising news, Twitter's outside counsel was reportedly Democrat powerhouse law firm Perkins Coie.  When Elon Musk was called out on this on Thursday, he tweeted, "Twitter isn't using Perkins Coie.  No company should use them until they make amends for [Michael] Sussmann's attempt to corrupt a Presidential election."
On Thursday, some observers were disputing that Perkins Coie really is gone at this time.  Let's hope Musk "exited" them at the same time he pushed James Baker out the door.  If there was any doubt that Twitter was a by-Democrats, for-Democrats propaganda operation, the fact that they were represented by Perkins Coie should dispel it.

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  • Kristine Ross

    02/23/2023 02:00 PM

    WHOOP!! As they say at TEXAS A&M!! Well done!!
    Kristine Ross

  • Kristine Ross

    02/23/2023 01:55 PM

    Krissy Ross

  • Carol J Mathews

    12/10/2022 09:03 PM

    When you keep company with people covered in lice it spreads to everyone that comes near. These "elites" are so corrupt that if they were robots, they would be rusted solid. Does any of this actually surprise anyone? You can't write a conspiracy novel any greater than real life. Intrigue, suspense, sabatoge, trader, conspirator, murders (as in ruining repetations and people's lives), liers, and they are all democrates. Also, not a thing is going to happen to any of them. Maybe a few jobs temporarily lost only to be hired by CNN or MSNBC. No fines, no jail, no disgrace. For everyone you might remove, 2 more will take their place. Go underground for awhile until the dust settles and then right back at it again. FBI, DOJ, CDC, CIA, If it has 3 letters it needs to be scrapped and start over. For a military that will actually love and protect AMerica, fire all the top generals, offcials at the Pentagon and anybody with GOV on their license plate if they are part of the WOKE society.

  • Angel C Bulauitan

    12/10/2022 12:25 PM

    What Twitter was doing prior to Musk taking over, sound more like the propaganda machine of the 1930’s Nazi party in Germany…control the information, accuse those not in the party of whatever might be believable and deny the opposition from having a voice.

  • Jonathan Buff

    12/09/2022 09:36 PM

    It is great truth is coming out. However, will House GOP do anything about this are will it just boil down to investigations that never seem to do any good except spend taxpayers money.

  • william Paul appelt

    12/09/2022 09:25 PM

    The whole world is trying turn upside down, first the (dis)Respect for marriage which by the way kicked our Defense for Marriage to the curb without a thank you. They just do not care. Now the Twitter files are exposing the rot coming out of itself. Makes you wonder what could be left.. Elon is definitely a rare fighter and boy do we need more of him. We are being steamrolled with NO representative existing in the DC swamp. The LGBTIQQ (self corrected) owns them while they are shaking in their boots.
    Change has to come, soon.

  • Kathleen Younes

    12/09/2022 07:50 PM

    Facebook is doing this exact thing right now. Instead of telling me my posts are misinformation and either removing them or putting warnings on them like they have done in the past, they are secretly hiding them from my friends news feed. Most articles I share from your newsletter that come from conservative news sites are not seen by my friends. I asked all my friends if they saw one story in particular and told them to go back on my page, find it and like it. Well, no one saw it in their feed but they could see it if they went to my page. It’s pretty obvious when my friends comment or like most of my posts but the politically conservative news items get no comments or likes.

  • Mike Frandsen

    12/09/2022 06:30 PM

    Yaaaaaa, Finally it's out in the open that Twitter was just as bad as Hitlers Brown shirts.
    Question, When do the handcuffs get placed on the appropriate "dirt bags"? If ever...
    Seriously, handcuffs and charges of treason are in order, along with the appropriate punishment, hanging sound good to me. but I just might be a bit old fashioned. It would be a good idea to discuss charges and such.

  • Michelle van Meter

    12/09/2022 03:30 PM

    With all of this revelation comming forth, will there really be recourse actually taken?
    It's frustrating.

  • James Johnson

    12/09/2022 02:53 PM

    Elon Musk should turn around and sue Dorsey for his forty-four Billion dollars back, plus the interest lost during the months he has spent attempting to straighten Twitter out. He should also tack on a few billion more for the pain and suffering he has experienced during that time.