The latest batch of “Twitter Files” revealed the social media platform may have played a major role in misleading journalists, politicians, and the American public on the validity of the Russian collusion hoax.
Of all the left’s malicious attempts to smear former President Donald Trump with an array of wild accusations, alleging that he sold his country out to Russia may have been the lowest.
Much of the so-called “evidence” was dispersed on social media, but a comparison conducted by independent journalist Matt Taibbi of internal emails with public statements showed major differences between the two. The evidence dates from 2018, when the serious charges were flying.
The newly uncovered information concerns an operation called Hamilton 68. This “digital dashboard” was created by former FBI agent and current MSNBC contributor Clint Watts.
The effort was spearheaded by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a think tank organized in 2017 after Trump took office. It included notable Democratic figures such as Clinton ally John Podesta and acting-CIA DIrector Michael Morell, who served under former President Obama.
Its supposed function was to provide a gauge of purported “Russian disinformation” being disseminated online by bad actors.
Instead of tracking how “Russia” influenced American attitudes, Hamilton 68 simply collected a handful of mostly real, mostly American accounts, and described their organic conversations as Russian scheming: https://t.co/vxnKAoI9T7
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) January 27, 2023
The newest revelations prove former Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth knew that the propaganda machine was spreading false information damaging to the then-president. Americans posting on Twitter were wrongly classified as Russian bots to offer “proof” of the disinformation campaign.
Of course, Democrats and their mainstream media allies ran with the narrative. The President of the United States was maliciously portrayed as committing nothing short of treason, which certainly damaged Trump’s standing among those gullible enough to believe the charges.
Internally, Twitter took steps to determine that Hamilton 68 was a mirage created by anti-Trump forces.
But publicly, the company pretended to have no knowledge of the manipulation of data.
Taibbi’s revelations show that the social media giant knew that postings made by ordinary Americans were being blasted as Russian disinformation through Hamilton 68. This is nothing less than the suppression of dissent and the stifling of free speech on a supposedly open platform.