Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA), the newly appointed Speaker of the House, has recently criticized Twitter for operating as an “FBI subsidiary” prior to Elon Musk taking over the business.
The remarks were made during a hearing on the Twitter Files in March by Representative Johnson, who was elected Speaker without any resistance from Republicans. At that time, Breitbart News called his statements one of the most important parts of the meeting. As Speaker of the House, Representative Johnson will be able to push for laws that will stop Americans from being silenced online and stop bills like the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) that would only make the problem even worse.
“Democrats in Congress as well as intelligence agencies, such as the FBI, used Twitter along with other social media sites to limit what Americans could say. If the alarm bells aren’t ringing, you are not paying attention,” Representative Johnson stated at the session, which included evidence from Twitter Files reporters Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger.
“The FBI and Twitter exchanged information in a contentious and widespread manner. Prior to Elon Musk taking over, Twitter was pretty much an FBI branch.”
“We now know that Twitter shared material with the intelligence community in an open manner and that several intelligence services were reportedly involved in this. Before the 2022 election, the FBI put pressure on Twitter to do something about tweets that were about the election… and Twitter dutifully censored the information.”
Before taking over as Speaker, Representative Johnson served on the House Judiciary Committee. Under the leadership of Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), the committee established a special committee on the weaponizing of the federal government to look into possible coordination between Big Tech corporations and governmental agencies to censor Americans. During a meeting of this special group, Rep. Johnson slammed the FBI and Twitter for working together.
“There is evidence that Twitter has used its own tools to monitor and change speech that is thought to be false. And who was making that choice? The government bureaucracy was to blame.”
“Some accounts and posts were blocked by Twitter’s visible filtering, and people were kicked off the site altogether, according to documents. Everyone in the United States, including Democrats and Republicans, should care about the Twitter Files. This is because it is a fundamental principle of our political system that the government doesn’t have the power to determine what speech is genuine or accepted.”
“People in the United States have the right to free speech, even if it goes against the official story. Actually, it requires the most protection at that point. The American people should not, and cannot, rely on ‘experts’ such as ‘disinformation’ boards to determine what is true.”