Two of the largest social media companies have hired multiple former officials with the FBI and CIA in recent years, further indicating that there is a revolving door between the intelligence community and Big Tech.
As reported by the New York Post, there are at least 8 former FBI agents currently working for Twitter, in the divisions dedicated to “trust” and “security.” One such example is Greg Anderson, the product policy manager who used to work for the National Security Council, with a focus in “psychological operations.” The co-lead of Twitter’s “Trust and Safety department,” Matthew Williams, had worked for the FBI for over 15 years.
Facebook has since also been revealed to have a similar pipeline for former intelligence agency officials to join the company. The company’s current policy manager for “misinformation” is Aaron Berman, who used to work for the CIA as a senior analytics manager. Another is Scott Stern, the current senior manager for “trust and safety risk intelligence,” who worked for the FBI for over 7 years in a job that involved “high-stakes operational determinations for complex and ambiguous overseas counterterrorism operations.”
Jim Hanson, president of the consulting firm WorldStrat, said that the trend of Big Tech companies hiring former government officials started after the election victory of President Donald Trump in 2016.
“The ones who are ideologically aligned with the woke left saw the danger of Trump and they wanted to affect that and the way they could be most influential was taking over our shared information space,” said Hanson. “And they moved to the socials. And they were successful.”
“The ability of Americans to get information that doesn’t go through a leftist lens doesn’t exist,” Hanson continued. “You cannot ask a question online that doesn’t come back to you with a leftist’s filtered answer.”
The issue came to light recently after Twitter fired James Baker, the former General Counsel for the FBI, who went on to serve as deputy general counsel at Twitter. After Elon Musk successfully purchased Twitter and began compiling the records that would make up the “Twitter Files,” it was revealed that Baker had been combing through the files to redact or even delete crucial information implicating the FBI, which led to his firing.
Subsequent revelations in the Twitter files have revealed numerous direct lines of communication between Twitter and the FBI, as well as other government officials, as the two coordinated efforts to censor conservative accounts under the guise of “foreign disinformation.”