The documents released by the allies of Elon Musk show that the company's leadership and the FBI had conversations about the 2020 presidential election and the New York Post's story about Hunter Biden's private laptop.
According to the documents, the FBI maintained a constant relationship with Twitter, and they shared top-secret security clearance information with the company. In the weeks before the election, the company had multiple ex-FBI members working for it.
In September 2020, the FBI established a virtual war room with Twitter to address election-related misinformation. It was a one-way communication channel between the FBI and the company. Representatives from the Office of National Intelligence and Homeland Security also participated in the channel.
This information included sensitive details about the Russian group APT28, which the New York Post reported was working on. Yoel Roth, who used to be the head of safety and trust for Twitter, said the story made him think about it.
Although Roth initially believed that the New York Post's story didn't violate Twitter's policy on hacked materials, he started to change his opinion after Jim Baker, a former FBI official, said that the documents were fake. Baker had multiple conversations with the FBI and concluded that the documents were hacked or faked.
The decisions to remove these materials were made as the company was under increasing pressure from its customers.
In January 2020, Carlos Monje, Twitter's director of policy and philanthropy, told Roth that the intelligence community was continuously pushing the company to share more information and change its API policies. In response, Roth repeatedly told the FBI that they would not be able to access the company's internal data because of its policies. Monje noted that the intelligence community was continuously pushing the company to share more information and change its API policies.
The Twitter Files, which were released by the allies of Elon Musk, revealed details about the company's relationship with the FBI and the private laptop of Hunter Biden. The documents also showed that most of its users wanted Musk to leave the company.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Washington Examiner.