From the latest episode of the #TwitterFiles. We already knew that members of the Senate and House were ‘flagging’ posts for Big Tech to censor, but this kind of targeting takes things to a whole other level.
Rep. Adam Schiff’s office started out by demanding that Twitter remove all content about some of its staffers, along with quotes, retweets and reactions. It also urged the suspension of Paul Sperry.
Paul Sperry works for RealClearInvestigations. He’s the author of multiple well-regarded books. This was blatant overreach even by Big Tech standards.
Back on Twitter, Sperry stated that, “the real reason House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff secretly lobbied Twitter to have me banned — he was angry I outed his anonymous impeachment ‘whistleblower.'”
Rep. Schiff’s office, various government agencies and committees were supposed to be flagging foreign operations. And in some cases they were flagging foreign operations, but other times they abused their trust to demand the censorship of domestic political opponents, as Rep. Schiff’s office did.
There’s only so many ways to play that game until political censorship by Big Tech loses any illusion of being “private action”. There’s nothing private about elected government officials pressuring companies to censor their critics while using the claim that they have special intel access and know what they’re talking about.
And the media is continuing to go along with this.