The Biden administration is demanding massive amounts of internal communications from Twitter.
And Democrats are being accused of weaponizing government powers.
Elon Musk just showed the hundreds of orders the Biden administration is targeting him with.
The Federal Trade Commission is asking Elon Musk to turn over internal Twitter documents, including a list of all the journalists who were behind the “Twitter Files.”
The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee published a report on Tuesday titled, “The Weaponization of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): An Agency’s Overreach to Harass Elon Musk’s Twitter,” that outlined the several ways the FTC has gone after Twitter since Musk bought the social media platform.
“Consisting of over a dozen FTC demand letters to Twitter that — in the span of less than three months following Musk’s acquisition — make more than 350 specific demands, this information shows how the FTC has been attempting to harass Twitter and pry into the company’s decisions on matters outside of the FTC’s mandate,” the House Judiciary Committee said in a statement.
“The timing, scope, and frequency of the FTC’s demands to Twitter suggest a partisan motivation to its action.”
The House Judiciary report noted some of these demands including:
* Information relating to journalists’ work protected by the First Amendment, including their work to expose abuses by Big Tech and the federal government;
* Every single internal communication “relating to Elon Musk,” by any Twitter personnel — including communications sent or received by Musk — not limited by subject matter, since the day Musk bought the company;
* Information about whether Twitter is “selling its office equipment”;
* All of the reasons why Twitter terminated former Twitter employee and FBI official Jim Baker;
* When Twitter “first conceived of the concept for Twitter Blue,” Twitter’s new $8/month verified account subscription; and
* Information disaggregated by “each department, division, and/or team,” regardless of whether the work done by these units had anything to do with privacy or information security.
“There is no logical reason, for example, why the FTC needs to know the identities of journalists engaging with Twitter.”
“There is no logical reason why the FTC, on the basis of user privacy, needs to analyze all of Twitter’s personnel decisions. And there is no logical reason why the FTC needs every single internal Twitter communication about Elon Musk,” the statement concluded.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, slammed the FTC’s treatment of Musk on Tuesday during an appearance on “Hannity.”
“Well, the FTC called up — sent letters to a private company and asked them what journalists — who in the press are you talking to?” Jordan asked.
“Now think about this, this may be the most egregious threat to the First Amendment I’ve ever seen they and this harassment of Twitter started when Elon Musk bought the company. I think 12 different letters they send in a span of like two months.”
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