Revelations From Twitter Files Part II Raises Some Critical Questions

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The fallout from the release of the second chapter of “The Twitter Files” has been even more fierce than the first. After learning the behind-the-scenes details about the company’s decision to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, the TwitterVerse was treated to another backstage pass to learn about how Twitter’s leadership shadow-banned and otherwise censored high-profile conservative accounts to limit their reach.


But there were other revelations that have elicited questions about the inner workings of the company. As journalist Bari Weiss released the slow drip of information in a thread, it became known that Twitter employees had the ability to view direct messages sent between the platform’s users, which wasn’t exactly public information in the past.

This raised questions about what employees saw in people’s conversations. Social media influencer Malcolm Flex chimed in on this issue in a short video on the platform, asking about the possibility that child sexual abuse material (CSAM) was being shared via direct messages:

Does this mean that Twitter employees had access to DMs which shared sexually explicit material depicting minors? And if so, did they not use the tools that we found out that they had that they used to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, which would prevent the sharing of this, as well as the posting of this information? So they did not use this tool at all, despite being able to see who was sharing what. And I’m talking about links to sites, whole videos, or links to other tweets.


In the first Twitter Files release, journalist Matt Taibbi noted that Twitter’s employees used the same methods and tools to prevent the sharing of the Hunter Biden laptop story that were typically used to tamp down on the dissemination of CSAM on the platform.

Flex then brought up the potential involvement of the FBI, noting that James Baker, a former agent, had a critical role as Twitter’s general counsel. “If we found out that the FBI not only had assets in Jim Baker, but also had a backdoor, and not just the FBI, but other intelligence communities, they had backdoors into Twitter and these control panels and these special tools that these employees had, did they also see the sexually explicit material and do nothing about it?” he asked.

Flex added: “Were they using it for blackmail purposes?”

While there are plenty of legitimate concerns that have arisen from the revelations that Weiss published on Thursday, the abuse of children should be at the top of the list. Indeed, one of the disturbing realities that was brought to light after Elon Musk bought the company is that it had done very little to combat the spread of child porn on the platform. Indeed, within his first month at the helm, he seems to have done more to address this issue than Twitter’s previous management.


Hopefully, as Musk’s team continues investigating these issues, more relevant information will come to light. Perhaps a little sunlight can inspire change in the company.


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