“通过打开 Twitter 自己的内部文件，他们有机会详细说明 Twitter 用户多年来在世界各地如何在多个具有重要意义的话题上被秘密操纵、管理和压制。” 马特·比文斯 MD
Twitter 高管是否审查了一个可能会改变 2020 年大选结果的故事？ 他们是否故意压制公众需要的信息，以便就如何投票做出明智的决定？ 候选人特朗普是否因 Twitter 的干预而受损？ 这让他付出了选举代价吗？
一直关注亨特·拜登笔记本电脑丑闻的五分之四的美国人认为，“真实”的报道会改变 2020 年总统大选的结果，根据一项新的民意调查。
同样比例的人还表示，他们相信计算机上的信息是真实的， 只有 11% 的人说他们认为它是“俄罗斯创造的，” 根据新泽西州 Technometrica 政策与政治研究所进行的调查。
关于 2020 年大选， 总体而言，79% 的人表示，“对笔记本电脑的真实解释”“非常”或“有点”可能会导致前总统唐纳德特朗普连任 而不是拜登总统的选举。
根据 TIPP 的说法，这项民意调查结果来自对 1,335 名成年人的初步调查，其“可信区间”为正负 4.8 个百分点。 (“79% 的人表示，对亨特·拜登笔记本电脑的‘真实’报道会改变 2020 年的选举”，《纽约邮报》
一些读者会记得，2016 年，当联邦调查局局长詹姆斯·康梅 (James Comey) 在大选前 11 天重新启动对希拉里·克林顿 (Hillary Clinton) 电子邮件的调查时，希拉里的公众支持率大幅下降，再也没有恢复过来。 这就是美国人对“腐败”指控的严肃态度。 因此，我们可以假设亨特·拜登笔记本电脑故事的更广泛传播会产生相同的结果。 乔·拜登可能卷入数百万美元的影响力兜售骗局的说法可能足以破坏他在大选中的前景。 对拜登来说幸运的是，Twitter 选择压制这个故事，甚至阻止任何人链接到纽约邮报的原始文章。 因此，腐败指控大多在不为人知的情况下通过，让拜登得以大获全胜。 这一事件表明，审查制度可以用来破坏我们所有人都应该关注的民主。 查看 Opindia 上一篇文章的简短回顾：
“推特文件”包含内部通讯，涉及社交媒体平台上亨特·拜登故事的审查. 揭露之后，很明显，（社交媒体平台 Vijaya 的前法律负责人）加德在模糊和武断的规则外衣下掌舵审查制度。
在 2020 年美国总统大选之前，《纽约邮报》刊登了一篇爆炸性的报道，内容是亨特·拜登与乌克兰天然气公司一位来自 Burisma 的高管之间存在问题的电子邮件……该报道有几份文件，并提到一段视频，证明乔·拜登会见了一位知名商人来自乌克兰，当时他是美国副总统。
报道称，拜登可能帮助他的儿子亨特利用他作为美国副总统的影响力处理他在乌克兰的业务......最终证实笔记本电脑的内容确实属于亨特·拜登。” (“美国人要求将前 Twitter 法律负责人 Vijaya Gadde 送进监狱，指控她操纵 2020 年美国总统大选“, 观点)
看看这个 2 分钟的剪辑 前 Twitter 安全主管 Yoel Roth 解释了为什么必须审查讽刺网站 Babylon Bee 通过Twitter。
笔记本电脑上的文章经过深入研究，没有对拜登可能参与其中做出虚假声明。 即便如此，Twitter 的高管们认为其影响太过爆炸，不容忽视，因此他们拼凑了一个关于“俄罗斯虚假信息”的临时故事（这种说法没有一丝证据。），然后对任何暗示来源文章。
然而，在幕后，Twitter 团队从一开始就知道“黑客”故事是一个骗局，但出于纯粹的党派原因仍然推动了它。 这是 Glenn Greenwald 对 Twitter 回应的评论：..
“不仅是 没有证据表明纽约邮报使用的文件是俄罗斯“黑客攻击”的副产品 或其他任何人——推特禁止讨论这个故事的虚假借口——《纽约时报》已经证实笔记本电脑被遗忘在维修店，而且从未被拿走。” 格伦 [电子邮件保护]
而且，这是更加直率的 Aaron Mate：
这一事件告诉我们，Twitter 的高管不仅出于纯粹的政治原因审查负责任的、经过深入研究的新闻报道，而且还与他们在政府中的盟友合作，这些盟友协助 Twitter 识别故事或他们想要沉默的人。 事实是， 没有人质疑社交媒体巨头与他们在国会山或白宫的合作伙伴之间现在存在的亲密关系. 它们是同一个轴上的两个轮子。 以下是 Johnathan Turley 在 The Hill 的一篇文章的摘录：
正如我们许多人长期以来所怀疑的那样， 推特与拜登 2020 年总统竞选活动和民主党全国委员会 (DNC) 之间存在反向渠道，以禁止批评或删除负面报道秒。 那些试图讨论丑闻的人只是被“处理”了，其他什么都不用说了……
......这些文件没有显示前 Twitter 首席执行官杰克多尔西的明确角色或知识。 反而， 首席审查官似乎是 Vijaya Gadde，他是 Twitter 的前首席法律官，曾被批评为社交媒体上反言论自由的主要人物。
还有 詹姆斯·贝克 (James Baker) 是备受争议的前联邦调查局 (FBI) 总法律顾问，参与了该局通俄调查。 他离开了联邦调查局，成为推特的副总法律顾问....
at the apparent request of the 2020 Biden campaign and the DNC, Twitter seems to have routinely stopped others from discussing or hearing opposing views. The internal company documents released by Musk reinforce what we have seen previously in other instances of Twitter censorship…
These documents show a back channel existed with President Biden’s campaign officials, but those same back channels appear to have continued to be used by Biden administration officials. If so, that would be when Twitter may have gone from a campaign ally to a surrogate for state censorship. As I have previously written, the administration cannot censor critics and cannot use agents for that purpose under the First Amendment.
That is precisely what Musk is now alleging. As the documents were being released, he tweeted, “Twitter acting by itself to suppress free speech is not a 1st amendment violation, but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is.” (“Censorship by surrogate: Why Musk’s document dump could be a game changer“， 小山）
The implication is clear, the government and its agencies are now working hand-in-hand with the social media companies in an effort to shape narratives so they align with the political agenda of the people in power. This is a war on ordinary people who depend on the free flow of information to make informed decisions on matters critical to their own survival. The greatest proponent of that war on free speech is the government itself which is progressively merging with the social media companies in order to control what people say, hear and think. Naturally, the moneyed interests behind the politicians and deep state operatives, take great interest in the outcome of this struggle. There has always been a significant group of elites in America who believe that individual freedom must be sacrificed to create a more orderly society. The relentless attack on free speech suggests that this element now has the upper hand and will use it to their own advantage.
这是另一个 short video of Yoel Roth justifying the banning of Donald Trump based on emotional “trauma” which Roth inexplicably sees as legitimate reason to silence the president of the United States.
真的不可思议——来自 Twitter 高管 @yoyoel, who just got caught fabricating a fake justification for censoring a media outlet, says the decision to ban Trump after Jan 6 was impelled by the "trauma" he and other "content moderators" experienced online that fateful day pic.twitter.com/JSE7tpXtGz
An article by Matt Bivens at Substack provides a window into the goings-on at Twitter and how the cozy relationship between the executives running the platform and their allies in the national security state grew even cozier as time passed. Here’s a clip from Bivens piece titled Twitter Is Fun Again:
As the 2020 election loomed, the FBI was hosting weekly meeting with executives from Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants to discuss, essentially, how to police social media. ...
Yoel Roth, who at Twitter carried the Robespierrean title of Head of Site Integrity, has testified that he and other industry peers in the months before the 2020 election had “regular meetings with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI … regarding election security.”
“During these weekly meetings, [Roth testified] the federal law enforcement agencies communicated that they expected ‘hack-and-leak operations’ by state actors might occur in the period shortly before the 2020 presidential election, likely in October … I also learned in these meetings that there were rumors that a hack-and-leak operation would involve Hunter Biden.”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has also said the FBI was giving his social media platform a similar warning.
Let this sink in. Weeks before the story of Hunter Biden’s notorious laptop broke, FBI officials were laying the groundwork — at Twitter, at Facebook, and no doubt beyond — to squelch it.“（”Twitter Is Fun Again”, Matt Bivens M.D., Substack)
Bivens timeline helps us to understand exactly how the social media companies began their collaboration with the national security state. Inquiring minds will wonder why the executives of these organizations were meeting regularly with “ the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI”. The answer, I think, is fairly obvious. The vast majority of critical thinking people now get their news on the internet which means that elites are more determined than ever to corrupt that ecosystem in the same way they destroyed mainstream news. That is why agents of the state have infiltrated the various platforms in order to use their coercive powers to shape a narrative that garners public support for unpopular, elitist objectives, like war and tax cuts for the wealthy. In short, the tentacles of the state now extend across the social media landscape which is impeding the free flow of news, opinion, research and commentary. Elites have never been more determined to quash the free exchange of ideas on the social media sites and to transform the Internet into another rancid institution that reiterates the same false narratives and propaganda one hears daily on the cables news channels. The Biden laptop story gave us a chance to see how quickly these agents can swing into action when a brushfire they hadn’t expected suddenly breaks out. The story was buried in a matter of hours which illustrates how adept they have become at stomping out the truth. Here’s more from Bivens:
“… when The New York Post … broke the bizarre story that…Biden’s son had abandoned a laptop at a computer repair shop; that it had all sorts of embarrassing and incriminating material on it…. 推特， moving swiftly to suppress The New York Post’s story, immediately shut down the entire newspaper’s Twitter account. It stayed shut down for two weeks — in a 21st century equivalent to the old game of smashing presses, and gathering up and burning newspapers…. If ordinary Twitter users tried to share links to the story, Twitter removed them.
Taibbi picks up the story:
Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.= They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography. Matt Taibbi @mtaibbi.“（”Twitter is Fun Again!”, Matt Bivens M.D., Substack)
The response of Twitter’s executives to the Hunter Biden laptop story can lure one into thinking that that it was an ‘isolated incident’ that probably won’t happen again. But that misses the point entirely. What we are seeing is the installation of a new security infrastructure that is explicitly aimed at preventing the free exchange of ideas. The government has gone to great lengths to implement this repressive system, mainly because, among elites, there is nearly-universal support for rolling back the First Amendment and impeding the uninhibited circulation of ideas, viewpoints and critical analysis. All of these pose a significant threat to the political agenda of the people in power. They don’t want to deal with that, which is why they have dispatched their lackeys at the FBI and the other agencies to use their coercive influence to persuade honchos at the social media companies to censor those journalists, critics or dissidents who veer from the “official narrative” or who dare to expose truths that they do not want exposed.
底线：所有措施都已到位，以确保言论自由不会在这十年内继续存在。 Twitter 文件帮助我们了解正在发生的事情，但它们没有提供反击计划。