The latest batch of “Twitter Files” has revealed that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was part of an effort to curtail the free speech of Americans on Twitter.
The latest batch of files released by independent journalist Matt Taibbi on Tuesday evening revealed how Schiff’s office tried to get Twitter to ban Real Clear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry from the platform.
27.They also received an astonishing variety of requests from officials asking for individuals they didn’t like to be banned. Here, the office for Democrat and House Intel Committee chief Adam Schiff asks Twitter to ban journalist Paul Sperry: pic.twitter.com/SXI1ekqi13
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) January 3, 2023
Schiff’s office claimed in an email to Twitter that Sperry and Greg Rubini, a popular author among Conservatives, promoted false conspiracy theories and harassed House intelligence committee staff.
The email included a list of requests for the platform’s content moderation team, including removing “any and all” content about the committee staff and suspending Sperry and Rubini’s accounts.
“Would like to get your thoughts on your ability, if any, to support any of these requests,” Schiff’s office wrote in the email.
Twitter responded and promised to review the accounts for suspension but noted that it might not grant Schiff’s wish. Sperry was, however, banned for different infractions.
Adam Schiff just using his 1A rights. https://t.co/9ePZ0ICpf3
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 3, 2023
The latest revelation opened Schiff to fierce criticism, with one Twitter user labeling him “the true fascist.”
Adam Schiff, the true fascist
— Shep Casey (@shep_casey) January 3, 2023
Another user said Schiff’s request is grounds for impeachment and criminal prosecution because Schiff conspired to deprive Sperry of his constitutional rights.
“It’s also grounds for Sperry to sue Schiff and his minions,” the user added.
This is grounds for impeachment of Schiff and criminal prosecution for conspiring to deprive Paul Sperry of his constitutional rights under color of authority. It's also grounds for Sperry to sue Schiff and his minions.
— John C. Randolph (@NSResponder) January 3, 2023
One user responded that politicians who feel it’s OK to ask social media companies to ban citizens for using their legally protected free speech are the only “threat to our democracy.”
I'm beginning to think the only threat to our democracy are the politicians who feel it's OK to ask an agency of online speech to ban citizens solely for engaging in legally protected free speech
— Christopher Wolf (@ChrisWolf1987) January 3, 2023
The latest installment of “Twitter Files” revealed how federal agencies pressured Twitter to censor Americans, especially Conservatives.