Project Veritas, January 17, 2018
Another Project Veritas undercover investigation has revealed a former Twitter software engineer admitting that Twitter acts under the whims and pressures of foreign governments – notably China – by silencing and banning users at their request.
In the December 14, 2017 meeting, an undercover Project Veritas journalist asks Miranda if foreign governments pressure Twitter to ban certain people in their countries. Miranda initially tells the PV journalist that he “cannot disclose that information.”
Another Project Veritas journalist met with Miranda on January 1, 2018. In this meeting, Miranda opened up and admitted that Twitter does in fact ban people at the whims of foreign governments. He also reveals some of the pressures that China, in particular, puts on Twitter if they do not comply:
PV Journalist: “But like normally does Twitter, like, say if someone in Iran calls and is, like, hey, in our country we need these people banned so that they’re not seen.”
Conrado Miranda: “Yeah.”
PV Journalist: “That happens?”
Conrado Miranda: “Yeah. We do that a lot for China.”
PV Journalist: “Really?”
Conrado Miranda: “We are actually under constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like, “good guys” and from Chinese government.
PV Journalist: “Wow.”
Conrado Miranda: “Because sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we don’t take down, because we’re, like, at the end of all it, like, anybody say… And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us, and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated blah, blah, blah. And then…the good guys from China start attacking us. It’s a mess.”
“This video begs the question – is Twitter even an American company? Do they really hold American ideals? Or is the idea of “free speech” just a marketing tool for them to harvest your data?” said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe. “Jack Dorsey himself must respond, and take steps to increase Twitter’s transparency.”