former Twitter engineer suggested Twitter works with foreign governments
to ban users in their country, shows undercover footage from Project
Veritas released Wednesday.
man identified as former engineer Conrado Miranda tells an undercover
journalist working for James O’Keefe the company is bombarded by
requests from the Chinese government, in particular, to ban users for
one reason or another. He stopped short of explicitly saying Twitter
complies with these requests, but the totality of the footage released
makes this pretty clear.
the Chinese government or anybody, like, do you think they call
Twitter and be, like, ‘You need to ban anyone that’s on Twitter that’s
from China’?” the journalist asks in one of two snippets of conversation
released. “Do they do that?”
is coy, but strongly hints the answer is yes.
cannot disclose that information,” he replies.
Why?” she asks.
cannot disclose that information,” he repeats.
crazy,” she says. “So, that means yes?”
he replies: “I did not say that.”
a second bit of conversation, Miranda appears to say outright that
Twitter bans users who violate the terms of agreement, if the government
puts up enough of a fuss. The terms are different in every country in
which Twitter operates, he adds.
does Twitter, like, say if someone in Iran calls and is, like, ‘Hey, in
our country we need these people banned so that they’re not seen,'” the
happens?” she asks.
We do that a lot for China,” he says, adding: “We are actually under
constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like,
‘good guys’ and from Chinese government.”
the journalist remarks.
sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we don’t take it
down, because we’re, like, at the end of all it, like, anybody say,” he
says. “And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us,
and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated
blah, blah, blah. And then, the ‘good guys’ from China start attacking
us. It’s a mess.”
on the varying terms of agreement in each country, the journalist asks,
“So, Twitter doesn’t necessarily offer free speech around the
footage is part of an ongoing series of undercover videos on Twitter
released by Project Veritas. Former employees of the tech companybrag
about “shadow banning” userswith objectionable
views, particularly conservatives, in another recent video.