TWITTER FILES: Pentagon Weaponized Twitter For Online PsyOp Campaign

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“Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the U.S. military’s influence operations,” says journalist Lee Fang.

The next release of the Twitter Files reveal the Pentagon used Twitter to deploy its own domestic and international psychological operation campaigns.

In other words, Twitter has been operating as a military asset.

Journalist Lee Fang, tasked by Twitter CEO Elon Musk with dropping Part 8 of the ongoing Twitter Files exposé, revealed on Tuesday internal documents showing Twitter was used by the Pentagon to advance its “covert online psyop campaign” regarding U.S. foreign policy.

Fang noted that Twitter had claimed it specifically followed a policy of thwarting “government-backed platform manipulation” before noting that Twitter made an exception for the U.S. government’s own psyops.

Fang highlighted specific correspondence from the Defense Department’s Central Command (CENTCOM) requesting Twitter grant “whitelist” privileges to accounts meant to “amplify” propaganda advocating U.S. military priorities in the Middle East.

This included anti-Iran and pro-Yemen war messaging, and “accurate” drone strike information purportedly targeting terrorists.

Though Twitter employees may not have been aware of the company’s involvement in promoting U.S. propaganda, Fang revealed that top Twitter executives were not only well aware of the DoD’s propaganda efforts using fake accounts, but they even tried to conceal the company’s ties with the U.S. government.

Fang revealed emails from Twitter lawyers Stacia Cardille and James Baker – a former FBI lawyer involved in the Russia collusion hoax – discussing strategies to conceal involvement with the government.

In one email, Cardille claimed the DoD may be using “retroactive classification” of its covert social media activities to “avoid embarrassment.”

In August 2022, the Pentagon’s psyop was stumbled upon by the Stanford Internet Observatory, which found the operation was deployed in Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, and other social media apps.

“The U.S. propaganda network relentlessly pushed narratives against Russia, China, and other foreign countries. They accused Iran of ‘threatening Iraq’s water security and flooding the country with crystal meth,’ and of harvesting the organs of Afghan refugees,” Fang reported.

When Twitter was forced to delete many of these accounts following Stanford’s findings, it was praised by the mainstream media as an unbiased arbiter of policy enforcement.

“The reality is much more murky. Twitter actively assisted CENTCOM’s network going back to 2017 and as late as 2020 knew these accounts were covert/designed to deceive to manipulate the discourse, a violation of Twitter’s policies & promises. They waited years to suspend,” Fang noted.

Not only that, but Twitter worked closely with MSM outlets like the Washington Post to minimize the optics of the reporting.

Don’t expect the mainstream media to critically cover this important development in the Twitter Files, as it would not only damage their handlers in the intelligence community, but also highlight their inaccurate and sycophantic reporting.

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