FBI Refuses To Hand Over Communications About Twitter-Related Censorship

The FBI has refused to provide records of its communication with Twitter, related to policing misinformation. In December, as part of the Twitter Files, journalist Matt Taibbi published several emails between FBI officials and Twitter that showed that the FBI repeatedly contacted Twitter to flag alleged misinformation. The FBI’s National Election Command Post (NECP) and the Foreign Influence Task Force were in close contact with Twitter over election misinformation, according to the emails obtained by Taibbi. In light of the Twitter Files revelations, watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all records of communication between the FBI and Twitter from January 2020 to November 2022. The FBI refused to respond to the request, claiming it “will neither confirm nor deny the existence” of the records. “The mere acknowledgment of the existence of FBI records on third-party individuals could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,” the FBI told Protect the Public’s Trust. “The FBI’s response to these requests is nothing short of bizarre,” Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told the Washington Examiner. “They twisted the substance of the requests and then asserted the right to deny acknowledging if records even exist based upon their mangled interpretation, and even though they have already admitted that the records exist.” Chamberlain added that the lack of transparency from the FBI increases “suspicion about what the agency’s officials may have been involved in.” The watchdog plans to appeal the FBI’s…FBI Refuses To Hand Over Communications About Twitter-Related Censorship