‘Twitter Files’ show today’s censors continue to be terrible at their jobs

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Imagine the scene in the FBI’s San Francisco office last November 6.

“Boss! HQ just called. There’s misinformation about the election on Twitter!”

“We’re on it. Agent Chan, I need Billy Baldwin’s location data, and I need it yesterday!”

Twitter owner Elon Musk’s ongoing release of the “Twitter Files” is exposing the horrifying and absurd level of government involvement—from intelligence agencies to legislators—in shaping narratives through censorship on social media around issues like elections and COVID-19. Most of the coverage rightly focuses on the moral (and possibly legal) scandal this represents. 

TWITTER FILES PUBLISHER SAYS GOVERNMENT WAS IN THE CENSORSHIP BUSINESS ‘IN A HUGE WAY’

Officials always demand the power to censor in the name of the greater good, and they always abuse it for their own gain. But it’s also worth taking a moment to realize just how bad these censors are, and have always been, at the job they claim they are doing: making sure nobody reads or hears “harmful” or “inaccurate” information.

History is replete with these failures: Socrates, Jesus, Galileo, and Mandela were killed or imprisoned for saying things the authorities of the time thought were false, harmful, or both. (And we never heard their ideas again.

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