A new release of the Twitter Files has revealed that the social media company knew the Democrats were lying about Russiagate – but played along with the hoax because they hated Donald Trump.
Twitter had evidence that claims of “Russian bots” on their platform were being completely fabricated by Democrats and the mainstream media, but contributed to the spread of the false narrative regardless.
Leftists on the platform referred to their strategy of going along with the Russiagate hoax as “feeding congressional trolls.”
According to journalist Matt Taibbi, Twitter did “warn” the politicians and the media that there was no evidence to support the hoax, but their warnings were ignored and they decided to move forward with pushing the claims.
Taibbi referenced one specific example where Twitter knew the Dems were fabricating a false narrative about former Congressman Devin Nunes.
Nunes had submitted a classified memo to the House Intelligence Committee, exposing FBI abuses in using FISA courts to approve surveillance against individuals linked to Trump, and the critical role played by the discredited Steele Dossier.
Prominent Democrats including Rep. Adam Schiff and Richard Blumenthal then promoted a claim that Russian bots were boosting the Nunes report through the hashtag “#ReleaseTheMemo.”
Blumenthal wrote in a letter to then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, “We find it reprehensible that Russian agents have so eagerly manipulated innocent Americans.”
Twitter, meanwhile, could not find a single ounce of evidence to support their claims.
“I just reviewed the accounts that posted the first 50 tweets with #releasethememo and… none of them show any signs of affiliation to Russia,” wrote Yoel Roth in an email to colleagues. “We investigated, found that engagement as overwhelmingly organic.”
Twitter then told Blumenthal of their findings – which the Senator ignored and instead released his letter to the public to use the media to convince Twitter to help them sell the Russia lie.
“Blumenthal isn’t looking for real and nuanced solutions” but “just wants to get credit for pushing us further,” concluded one official at Twitter.
Twitter officials compared the behavior of Russia-obsessed Democrats to the children’s story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” which depicts a hungry mouse which is fed and then goes on to demand endless snacks.
Despite their half-hearted efforts to dissuade Democrats from lying about the Russian bots, Twitter made no real effort to stop the false claims from being pushed in public forums.
The company could have easily exposed what was going on in Washington, cleared up a lie hundreds of millions of people feared was true, but instead chose to stay quiet about the fabricated Russiagate narrative, failing to reveal that it was entirely motivated by the Democrats’ desire to link Trump and the GOP to Russia.
“Despite universal internal conviction that there were no Russians in the story,” wrote Taibbi, “Twitter went on to follow a slavish pattern of not challenging Russia claims on the record.”