Twitter labored with the Pentagon to advertise pretend accounts within the Center East which praised U.S. coverage, it has emerged – regardless of the social media firm insisting that it made ‘concerted efforts’ to ‘detect and thwart government-backed platform manipulation’.

The collusion spanned no less than 4 years, from 2017 to 2020, and noticed prime Twitter executives liaise with navy intelligence on ‘a covert on-line PsyOp marketing campaign’ – selling accounts together with one which claimed the U.S. drone bombings in Yemen killed solely terrorists.

The revelations had been made by Lee Fang, who on Tuesday revealed the eighth installment of what’s termed the Twitter Recordsdata.

The Pentagon worked with Twitter to promote accounts tweeting pro-U.S. content in the Middle East

The Pentagon labored with Twitter to advertise accounts tweeting pro-U.S. content material within the Center East

Twitter accounts promoting U.S. policy in the Middle East were controlled by the Pentagon, and boosted by the social media company on the Pentagon's request

Twitter accounts selling U.S. coverage within the Center East had been managed by the Pentagon, and boosted by the social media firm on the Pentagon’s request

Fang, a San Francisco-based journalist who writes for The Intercept, is following on from tales revealed by reporters Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss because the starting of the month.

‘Regardless of guarantees to close down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs present that the social media large instantly assisted the U.S. navy’s affect operations,’ Fang wrote.

‘Behind the scenes, Twitter gave approval & particular safety to the U.S. navy’s on-line psychological affect ops. 

‘Regardless of data that Pentagon propaganda accounts used covert identities, Twitter didn’t droop many for round 2 years or extra. Some stay lively.’

Fang pointed to emails exhibiting that the cooperation with the Pentagon started no less than 5 years in the past.

An official from U.S. Central Command, CENTCOM, wrote to Twitter executives on July 26, 2017.

Fang included screenshots of an email from a CENTCOM official, asking for special attention for accounts they managed in their 'psy ops' work

Fang included screenshots of an e-mail from a CENTCOM official, asking for particular consideration for accounts they managed of their ‘psy ops’ work

Nathaniel Kahler requested the chief, on the general public coverage group, to approve the verification of 1 account and ‘whitelist’ a listing of Arab-language accounts ‘we use to amplify sure messages.’

Kahler wrote: ‘We have some accounts that aren’t indexing on hashtags — maybe they had been flagged as bots. 

‘A couple of of those had constructed an actual following and we hope to salvage.’ 

Kahler added that he was pleased to offer extra paperwork from his workplace or SOCOM, the acronym for the U.S. Particular Operations Command.

On the time, in line with sources who spoke to The Intercept, Twitter was working to flag as spam any accounts that engaged with extremists, particularly these affiliated with the Islamic State.   

Kahler despatched a spreadsheet to the Twitter group with 52 accounts, and requested for ‘precedence service’.

Among the many accounts singled out for preferential therapy was the since-deleted @yemencurrent, which claimed that U.S. drone strikes had been ‘correct’ and killed terrorists, not civilians.

The account additionally praised the U.S. and Saudi-backed assault on Houthi rebels in that nation.

Different accounts supported U.S.-backed armed teams in Syria, and promoted anti-Iran messages in Iraq – one other mentioned authorized points in Kuwait, Fang reported.

On the identical day that Kahler despatched his request, Twitter engineers mentioned organising a separate tag for the accounts – a transfer Twitter insiders advised Fang was extremely uncommon.

Kahler advised Twitter the accounts would all be ‘USG-attributed, Arabic-language accounts tweeting on related safety points’ – however lots of the accounts didn’t in actual fact point out that they had been being run by the U.S. authorities.

At the very least one of many accounts, @mktashif, now deleted, was a ‘deep pretend’, with a computer-generated profile image and AI-manufactured content material.

The profile picture for the account @mktashif, now deleted, was a 'deep fake', with a computer-generated image

The profile image for the account @mktashif, now deleted, was a ‘deep pretend’, with a computer-generated picture

One other account, @althughur, additionally now deleted, posted anti-Iran and anti-ISIS content material targeted on an Iraqi viewers, The Intercept reported.

The account initially declared its CENTCOM hyperlink, however then switched to an Arabic phrase that means ‘Euphrates pulse.’

The previous Twitter worker advised The Intercept that they had been shocked to study of the Protection Division’s shifting ways. 

‘It seems like DOD was doing one thing shady and undoubtedly not according to what they’d offered to us on the time,’ they mentioned.

Because the 2020 election drew nearer, Pentagon officers requested conferences with Twitter and Fb executives in a secretive, safe assembly room. 

The gathering could be held in a delicate compartmented info facility, also called a SCIF.

‘Fb have had a sequence of 1:1 conversations between their senior authorized management and DOD’s [general counsel] re: inauthentic exercise,’ wrote Yoel Roth, then the pinnacle of belief and security at Twitter. 

Roth was fired by Twitter’s new proprietor, Elon Musk, in November.

Yoel Roth, head of trust and safety at Twitter, was highly involved in the liaison between the Pentagon and Twitter's teams

Yoel Roth, head of belief and security at Twitter, was extremely concerned within the liaison between the Pentagon and Twitter’s groups

‘Per FB, DOD have indicated a powerful want to work with us to take away the exercise — however are actually refusing to debate extra particulars or steps exterior of a categorized dialog.’

Stacia Cardille, then an lawyer with Twitter, famous in an e-mail to her colleagues that the Pentagon might wish to retroactively classify its social media actions ‘to obfuscate their exercise on this house, and that this will signify an overclassification to keep away from embarrassment.’

Jim Baker, then the deputy normal counsel of Twitter, additionally fired by Musk, commented that the Pentagon appeared to have used ‘poor tradecraft’ in organising varied Twitter accounts and wanted to cover their involvement. 

Baker, apparently eager to help the Pentagon, speculated that within the assembly the ‘DoD would possibly wish to give us a timetable for shutting them down in a extra extended manner that won’t compromise any ongoing operations or reveal their connections to DoD.’

In September this 12 months, The Washington Submit revealed a report into the Pentagon’s actions, however didn’t uncover Twitter’s function serving to the Protection Division.  

‘Twitter’s comms group was intently in contact with reporters, working to reduce Twitter’s function,’ Fang wrote.

‘When the WashPost reported on the scandal, Twitter officers congratulated one another as a result of the story did not point out any Twitter workers & targeted largely on the Pentagon.’

Fang concluded: ‘The conduct with the U.S. navy’s covert community stands in stark distinction with how Twitter has boasted about quickly figuring out and taking down covert accounts tied to state-backed affect operations, together with Thailand, Russia, Venezuela, and others since 2016.’




The primary leaks confirmed how tweets had been flagged for removing by President Joe Biden’s marketing campaign group in addition to by the Trump White Home. 

Three of the tweets the Biden camp demanded be deleted contained ‘Hunter Biden porn’ and photographs of Biden’s genitalia, from the deserted laptop computer, it has been claimed. 

The laptop, which the New York Times authenticated long after right-wing media outlets were blasted for reporting about it, contains compromising and embarrassing images of Hunter Biden

The laptop computer, which the New York Occasions authenticated lengthy after right-wing media shops had been blasted for reporting about it, incorporates compromising and embarrassing photographs of Hunter Biden

One of many tweets requested to be deleted by the DNC was about Hunter smoking crack and a committing a intercourse act. A second tweet was a hyperlink to Hunter Biden weighing and utilizing medicine, and one other hyperlink to a Hunter Biden intercourse tape. 

‘Extra to overview from the Biden group,’ learn one redacted e-mail, which listed 5 Twitter accounts.

‘Dealt with these’ was the reply, which meant the accounts had been suspended.



Political accounts that had been intentionally downgraded in rankings included right-wing pundits Charlie Kirk, Dan Bongino and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. 

These choices had been made by Website Integrity Coverage, Coverage Escalation Assist groups with the assistance of authorized counsel in addition to the CEO.

Bhattacharaya was downgraded after he penned an op-ed arguing that Covid-19 lockdowns had been detrimental to youngsters’s psychological well being, whereas Kirk and Bongino discovered themselves on search blacklists. 

In 2018, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s prime lawyer, mentioned: ‘We don’t who shadow ban.’ 

The corporate’s head of merchandise, Kayvon Beykpour added: ‘And we actually do not shadow ban primarily based on political viewpoints or ideology.’ 

Bongino mentioned his censorship was ‘Soviet’. 



Employees wished to take motion in opposition to supporters of the January 6 riot and of claims election fraud however had been not sure how to take action: Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey was on trip on the time.

Yoel Roth, head of belief and security, determined to blacklist the phrases ‘kraken’ and ‘stopthesteal.’ 

Strain from workers reportedly led to Dorsey approving the choice to completely droop Donald Trump. 

One Twitter staffer reported to have in contrast Trump to the ‘chief of a terrorist group liable for violence/dying similar to the Christchurch shooter or Hitler.’ 

The phrases used to justify Trump’s removing had been that he was suspended ‘as a result of threat of additional incitement of violence.’



The sixth batch of recordsdata which confirmed a snug relationship between the FBI and Twitter as the federal government company usually flagged seemingly innocuous tweets for removing.

Many had been apparent jokes achieved by private figures with few followers. 

They made jokes corresponding to: ‘I am a poll counter in my state. Should you’re not sporting a masks, I am not counting your vote. #safetyfirst,’ and: ‘For each adverse touch upon this submit I am including one other vote for the democrats.’



Yoel Roth wrote to colleagues to say that he was ‘not comfy’ with the FBI wanting written solutions. 

Yoel Roth, who worked as Twitter's head of safety

Yoel Roth, who labored as Twitter’s head of security 

Matt Taibbi, who reported the story, tweeted: ‘The thought of the FBI performing as conduit for the Intelligence Group is fascinating, on condition that many companies are barred from home operations.’

Roth went on to remind colleagues that ‘official state propaganda is certainly a factor on Twitter,’ including that these accounts are handled otherwise to clandestine authorities accounts.



The FBI had compensated Twitter to the tune of $3.5 million in trade for the corporate doing the bidding of the company. 

In a staffer’s e-mail to prime lawyer Jim Baker, who labored on the FBI earlier than becoming a member of Twitter, and chief authorized counsel Sean Edgett, the cash was mentioned for use for ‘law-enforcement associated initiatives.’

The identical dump confirmed that previous to the publication of the Hunter Biden laptop computer story, Baker had a personal assembly with FBI officers to warn that the story may very well be rooted in a Russian disinformation marketing campaign forward of the election. 

Baker famous in a message to the censorship group that the entire information weren’t in, however that the article needs to be suppressed anyway. 

Jim Baker, who before serving as deputy general counsel for Twitter held a similar role for the FBI, is now under fire for meeting secretly with some of his former colleagues at the Bureau before coercing Roth to label the Hunter Biden laptop story as 'disinformation'

Jim Baker, who earlier than serving as deputy normal counsel for Twitter held the same function for the FBI