It did this, according to journalist David Zweig, by censoring information that was true but inconvenient to U.S. government policy; discrediting doctors and other experts who disagreed with the official government position; and suppressing ordinary users, including those who merely shared data from government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While on assignment for The Free Press, Zweig was given access to internal files from Twitter that show both the Biden and Trump administrations “directly pressed Twitter executives to moderate the platform’s pandemic content according to their wishes.”
This same censorship agenda by both administrations was also imposed upon Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other Big Tech platforms, the same internal files show.
“The Trump White House, specifically Michael Kratsios, led the Trump Administration’s calls for help from the tech companies to combat misinformation,” one of the files stated.
“Areas of focus included conspiracies around 5G cell towers, runs on grocery stores, and misinformation that could stoke panic buying and behaviors.” (Related: Twitter only opposed censorship when doing so negatively affected Twitter.)
The Trump administration was especially focused on the issue of panic buying, probably because it did not want such activity to interfere with or damage its reputation while in office.
“Twitter, alongside several other tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, participated,” the files further said.
“Activities included a standing weekly call to share general trends and hosting a shared Microsoft Teams group. Some of the companies (not Twitter) gathered open-sources information from researchers. Our teams fed this information to the Twitter policy enforcement teams.”
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released advisory in July 2021 warning about “infodemic,” calling for more tech censorship of “misinformation”
Then-Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in July 2021 released a 22-page advisory about the “infodemic,” as the World Health Organization called it, that was spreading online. More needed to be done on social media, Murthy argued, to combat the “misinformation” that was spreading as a result of this infodemic.
“We are asking them to step up,” Murthy said at the time. “We can’t wait longer for them to take aggressive action.”
In private, Murthy and other government officials had already said these same things to Twitter and other tech platforms, pushing them to take action against online free speech – and particularly “anti-vaxxer accounts,” as Operation Warp Speed was in full swing at the time.
Of particular concern was Alex Berenson, whom we have cited here many times, because of his vocal skepticism against lockdowns, the “vaccines” and other tenets of the scamdemic.
The day after Murthy released his 22-page memo, Joe Biden himself publicly announced that social media companies were “killing people” by not censoring more information. Just hours later, Berenson’s Twitter account was locked, then permanently suspended a month later.
Berenson later sued and regained access to Twitter. And as part of that suit, Twitter was forced to provide certain internal communications about what had happened, revealing direct interference by the White House.
It turns out that Biden and his people were still “very angry” at Twitter for not taking more action against certain accounts, calling for more tyranny. Twitter, we now know, never fully complied with those demands, despite all the censorship that it did conspire to inflict upon users and their freedom of speech.
The latest news about the Twitter Files can be found at Censorship.news.
Sources for this article include: