Elon Musk continues to allows the unmasking of many in the current ‘Twitter Files’ series. Some of the shocking overreach still makes it way towards too-funny-to-be-true territory
Among the series of reveals by Matt Taibii was the FBI directly emailing the company to shut down accounts. If you expected logical requests like ‘shutting down child pornography’, or ‘eliminating the overt grooming of children,’ you will be disappointed. Apparently the FBI will allow all of the above, but it will not stand for a parody account of professional wrestling legend, The Undertaker.
That is right. Encourage and amplify ‘family-friendly’ events. Silence “Pissed off Taker” for violating the terms of service.
“HELLO TWITTER CONTACTS”: The master-canine quality of the FBI’s relationship to Twitter comes through in this November 2022 email, in which “FBI San Francisco is notifying you” it wants action on four accounts: pic.twitter.com/LjgB6fxENo— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 16, 2022
Technically, the operator of the “Pissed off Taker” account was in violation. The rules state that accounts may not “impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor use a fake identity in a manner that disrupts the experience of others on Twitter.”
The FBI must have been tired of seeing the WWE superstar take so many losses to an imaginary character named “Mr. Brown.” A character who would routinely be blamed for Undertaker soiling himself.
Thank goodness for FBI intervention. The republic is saved.
As Taibii notes, but bears repeating, the FBI made its position of power clear. As well as its familiarity with expecting the desired result in a ‘master-canine’ situation. Whether its use of this power was appropriate depends on your view on… The Undertaker?
Fans are marking out… on Twitter…
The FBI have always been terrified of MadandPissedOff pic.twitter.com/ar6M3Ch0q5— IANdrew Dice Clay (@IANdrewTheGiant) December 17, 2022