The government was also trying to censor Google and Facebook

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During Wednesday’s broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on the Fox News Channel, Matt Taibbi, one of the Twitter reporters, said the files showed the government was also trying to influence speech on other platforms. such as Facebook and Google.

Host Tucker Carlson asked: [relevant exchange begins around 3:40] “Twitter is relatively a smaller player. You have Facebook and Google born in size. We have to assume these two companies are as penetrated as Twitter, right? »

Taibbi replied, “Yes, and there is evidence for that. We’ve certainly seen them have what they call weekly or monthly industry meetings with DHS and FBI. And that included a number of companies, including Facebook, in some cases Wikipedia, Pinterest, there was a whole bunch of companies that were included in those communications. I can’t say how deep the penetration is in those other companies, but I know they had very close contacts. And in the case of Twitter, the number of requests received was truly overwhelming. Your previous guest, Michael Shellenberger, explained how they got $3 million from the FBI. They were underpaid. They did so much work for the government in reviewing these documents that they should have been paid a lot more for their work.

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