But when those same platforms willingly go along with domestic efforts to drive false narratives and keep Americans unbalanced, distrustful and angry at each other, that's a different story.
So to that latter point, it definitely matters that Big Tech platforms like Twitter appear to be going out of their way to hire former deep state officials from agencies like DHS, the FBI, the U.S. military intelligence community and the CIA.
According to an investigation by MintPress News, in recent months Twitter has become a hub for former spooks from the U.S. intelligence agencies and the military, especially from the FBI:
The FBI is generally known as a domestic security and intelligence force. However, it has recently expanded its remit into cyberspace. “The FBI’s investigative authority is the broadest of all federal law enforcement agencies,” the “About” section of its website informs readers. “The FBI has divided its investigations into a number of programs, such as domestic and international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence [and] cyber crime,” it adds.
For instance, in 2019 Twitter managed to lure Dawn Burton, a former director of Washington operations for defense contractor Lockheed Martin and then-senior innovation adviser to the FBI director, hiring her as the platform's senior director of strategy and operations for legal, public policy, trust and safety. A year later, Karen Walsh left the bureau after 21 years to become director of corporate resilience at Twitter.
Jim Baker, Twitter's deputy general counsel and vice president of the legal department, spent four years at the FBI (2014-2018) where he rose to become the bureau's senior strategic adviser (why the FBI needs a 'strategic adviser' in the first place is another question).
Also, Mark Jaroszewski left his supervisory special agent position with the FBI in the San Fran Bay area after 21 years with the bureau to also take a position at Twitter, becoming the director of corporate security and risk.
Douglas Turner, meanwhile, spent 14 years as a senior special agent and SWAT team leader before taking a job to serve in Twitter’s corporate and executive security services. Turner had previously also spent seven years as a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, MintPress News reported:
When asked to comment by MintPress, former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley said that she was “not surprised at all” to see FBI agents now working for the very tech companies the agency polices, stating that there now exists a “revolving door” between the FBI and the areas they are trying to regulate. This created a serious conflict of interests in her mind, as many agents have one eye on post-retirement jobs.
“The truth is that at the FBI 50 percent of all the normal conversations that people had were about how you were going to make money after retirement,” she said.
Several former FBI officials have influential posts at Twitter, the report added.
In 2020, Matthew W. (many users don't like to put their full names on employment site LinkedIn) left after 15 years as an FBI intelligence program manager to become Twitter's senior director of public trust. Patrick G. is head of Twitter corporate security after spending 23 years as an FBI special agent and supervisory special agent. Bruce A. was also snagged from the FBI, where he, too, was a supervisory special agent.
His resumé notes that at the FBI he held “[v]arious intelligence and law enforcement roles in the US, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East” and was a “human intelligence and counterintelligence regional specialist.”
All of this is worrisome as it is known these platforms serve as propaganda narrative drivers not for Russia but for our own deep state.