https://covidreason.substack.com/p/twit ... government
In this Twitter thread, Matt Taibbi exposes the Global Engagement Center (GEC) and state-sponsored blacklists that were (are) censoring American Twitter users. The thread starts with an analyst at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) writing to Twitter about 40,000 Twitter accounts suspected of engaging in inauthentic behavior related to Hindu nationalism. However, many of the accounts on the list were ordinary Americans with no connection to India or Indian politics. Twitter agreed and confirmed that most of the accounts were real people. DFRLab is funded by the US government's Global Engagement Center (GEC), which denies using tax money to track Americans, but Americans on DFRLab’s list are unconvinced its focus is “exclusively international.”
Taibbi goes on to describe how the GEC was created in Obama’s last year as an interagency group “within” the State Department, with initial partners including FBI, DHS, NSA, CIA, DARPA, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and others.