Twitter Whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli Looks Forward

Audio of this conversation is available via your favorite podcast service. In the course of its investigation into the insurrection at the US Capitol, the House Select Committee on January 6 spoke to hundreds of witnesses, including social media executives with insight into the role that platforms played in propagating the false claims that motivated violence that day, and in connecting and facilitating the movement and organization of people that sought to overthrow the election. One of the individuals that testified to the Select Committee was a former Twitter official, Anika Collier Navaroli. I had a chance to speak with Anika earlier this month, to hear how her thinking has evolved in this time under the spotlight, and what she’s hoping to do next to continue her journey as an intellectual and an activist working at the intersection of tech, media and democracy. Background reading: Anika Collier Navaroli’s recent essay in Tech Policy Press, “Trump’s Reinstatement on Social Media Platforms and Coded Forms of Incitement“ Her September 1, 2022 testimony to the House January 6 Select Committee. A transcript of the July 12, 2022 public hearing of the Select Committee at which her (then anonymous) testimony was highlighted. A transcript of the February hearing at which she testified with other former Twitter officials. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of the discussion. Justin Hendrix: Anika, we’re going to talk about your career, the experience you’ve had over the last year and a half, which has been rather peculiar, and…Twitter Whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli Looks Forward