Part 8 of the “Twitter Files” saga was released by investigative journalist Lee Fang on Tuesday. The latest installment highlights how the social media juggernaut “quietly aided the Pentagon’s covert online PsyOp campaign.”
“Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the U.S. military’s influence operations,” Fang wrote in reference to the company’s role in an alleged online psychological operation aimed at shaping opinion in the Middle East and beyond.
Most notably, Fang writes “despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the U.S. military’s influence operations.”
1. TWITTER FILES PART 8
*How Twitter Quietly Aided the Pentagon’s Covert Online PsyOp Campaign*
Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the U.S. military’s influence operations.
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) December 20, 2022
Fang continues in a lengthy Twitter thread, that although “Twitter has claimed for years they they make concerted efforts to detect & thwart gov-backed platform manipulation” the documents show otherwise.
“But behind the scenes, Twitter gave approval & special protection to the U.S. military’s online psychological influence ops. Despite knowledge that Pentagon propaganda accounts used covert identities, Twitter did not suspend many for around 2 years or more. Some remain active” the thread continues.
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