On August 2, Twitter announced a new “collaboration” with Associated Press and Reuters to “identify and elevate credible information,” despite Reuters’ connections to the US Intelligence Community.
Twitter has announced that they will be collaborating with AP and Reuters to “identify and elevate credible information,” according to a post on August 2. “We are committed to making sure that when people come to Twitter to see what’s happening, they are able to easily find reliable information. Twitter will be able to expand the scale and increase the speed of our efforts to provide timely, authoritative context across the wide range of global topics and conversations that happen on Twitter every day,” the statement reads.
“When large or rapidly growing conversations happen on Twitter that may be noteworthy, controversial, sensitive, or may contain potentially misleading information, Twitter’s Curation team sources and elevates relevant context from reliable sources,” the statement continues. In response to the announcement, one Twitter user pointed out that the Senior Director of Reuters, Dawn Scalici, who served 33 years in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is tasked with “advancing Thomson Reuters’ ability to meet the disparate needs of the U.S. Government.”
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Ms. Scalici served 33 years with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In her last federal assignment, she served as the National Intelligence Manager for the Western Hemisphere within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role, she was responsible for overseeing national intelligence for an area of responsibility spanning from the Arctic to the tip of South America, including the US Homeland.
“Twitter is becoming the propaganda arm of the of US State Dept,” tweeted one user.