Like a meme: How the FBI and U.S. authorities infiltrated Twitter
Honestly, there’s no need to write more sci-fi stories. It’s already a dystopian world we live in, meme culture is all we have left. Espial, data selling and the twisted relationship between Twitter and the FBI are just some proof of that. According to Matt Taibbi, “It’s no secret the government analyzes bulk data for all sorts of purposes, everything from tracking terror suspects to making economic forecasts.”
It’s crazy how each Twitter file starts to feel like the season of a TV shows with different themes during each chapter. The sixth installment of Twitter Files, which was released by independent journalist and author Matt Taibbi uncovers the connection between the FBI and Twitter. Which was defined by The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation as a “subsidiary”.
From January 2020 and November 2022, over 150 emails were sent between the FBI & Yoel Roth, who was Twitter’s Trust and Safety chief. And it wasn’t chit-chat we’re sure, in fact, numerous emails are requests by the FBI for Twitter to act regarding the election’s misinformation. Other requests had to do with tweets that could have “possible, violative content”. But, can we call it censorship?
Twitter threads are a real threat
The pen or the sword? a Twitter thread, definitely, with good memes. As you might know, in this postmodern era full of dramas coming from found laptops and private jet tracker bots, Twitter threads are definitely a threat. However, they’re also a useful resource to put out valuable information in short paragraphs and add visual support in a sharable format. And honestly, sharing this information is what matters.
It’s just funny how we’re talking about Twitter & censorship through that same platform, but anyway. The last thread regarding Twitter files was started by Matt Taibbi. In the words of Tabbi, the latest Twitter files regard the way “the government collects, analyzes, and flags your social media content”. It also mentions that Twitter’s bond with the FBI was constant & pervasive.
The Twitter thread, notes as well that after the 2016 presidential election, the FBI established the FTIF, which is a task force with a social media concentration. This FTIF grew to eighty agents and kept contact with Twitter in order to identify alleged foreign influence as well as election manipulation. Also, several examples and evidence of communication between Twitter & FBI were exposed.
It’s hard to realize that the FBI & Twitter might have a stronger relationship than any of us with our closest friends. Having a social, political, and mediatic awakening is profoundly painful, why do you think we’re surrounded by memes? In order to cheer you up a little after all this political drama, we live you a pair of FBI-related memes to laugh at your lack of privacy.
At least there’s someone watching over us
We really don’t know how the government accesses our information. The truth is we’re not important enough to have an FBI agent assigned personally, but wouldn’t it be nice to have someone looking after you all the time?
Unless you’re a public figure there’s nothing to hide
Honestly, no one cares about your daily decisions and the moments you end up being politically incorrect. Start worrying when you get billionaire & famous, remember Elon Musk got to buy a network.
E-mails between the BFI & Twitter be like
It’s hard to grow up and realize that life really is like a Tom & Jerry episode, an eternal and senseless fight.
Roth’s direct messages be like:
Aside from Toy Story 3 ending definitely not being on the screen, we’re sure both sides got fed up with 150 e-mails.