by Madeleine Hubbard
Twitter altered the COVID conversation by censoring information that was true but not in line with U.S. government policy, discrediting public health experts who disagreed and suppressing contrarian users, the latest installment of the “Twitter Files” showed Monday.
“[B]oth the Trump and Biden administrations directly pressed Twitter executives to moderate the platform’s pandemic content according to their wishes,” reporter David Zweig said in the 10th Twitter Files release.
THE TWITTER FILES: HOW TWITTER RIGGED THE COVID DEBATE
– By censoring info that was true but inconvenient to U.S. govt. policy
– By discrediting doctors and other experts who disagreed
– By suppressing ordinary users, including some sharing the CDC’s *own data*
— David Zweig (@davidzweig) December 26, 2022
Previous Twitter Files have focused Twitter’s close relationship with the FBI and other government agencies as well as the platform’s censorship, but the latest information shows the Trump White House attempted to work with major technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, to control conversation during the COVID pandemic.
When President Joe Biden came in, the White House began focusing on “anti-vaxxer accounts” during meetings with Twitter, Zweig reported. The Biden administration specifically targeted reporter Alex Berenson, who was critical of vaccines and subsequently removed from Twitter.
Twitter’s automatic content moderation system along with foreign content moderators made it difficult for the platform to properly monitor posts.
“Inevitably, dissident yet legitimate content was labeled as misinformation, and the accounts of doctors and others were suspended both for tweeting opinions and demonstrably true information,” Zweig said.
Other accounts using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s own data were even taken down for misinformation.
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Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News. Hubbard previously served as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo “Twitter” by ThoroughlyReviewed. CC BY 2.0. Background Photo “COVID-19 Strain” by CDC.