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REVEALED: Katie Hobbs' office contacted Twitter to censor posts

"I'm flagging this Twitter account for your review," Hobbs' comms director wrote to misinformation@cisecurity.org, linking to an unidentified profile. They forwarded that message to Twitter, who took the posts in question down that same day.

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Arizona Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs is facing backlash as proof that her office requested for certain tweets to be censored came out of Elon Musk's release of the "Twitter Files," the internal documents showing collusion between government officials, campaign teams, and other like actors with the social media giant to silence political dissent.

On January 7 2021, the communications director for Hobbs' Secretary of State office emailed the Center for Internet Security (CIS), a 501 nonprofit cybersecurity organization that "makes the connected world a safer place for people, businesses, and governments through our core competencies of collaboration and innovation," according to their website.



"I'm flagging this Twitter account for your review," Hobbs' comms director wrote to misinformation@cisecurity.org, linking to an unidentified profile. The subject line was "Election Related Misinformation."

The "misinformation" department at CIS then forwarded the message along to an employee at Twitter, writing "Please see this report below from the Arizona SOS office. Please let me know if you have any questions."

"Thank you," Twitter wrote back. "We will escalate."

About seven hours later, a Twitter employee wrote again; "Thank you… both tweets have been removed from the service." Copied on this response was an employee at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a branch under the federal government's Department of Homeland Security (DHS).



Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for an investigation into the matter, writing, "The SOS of AZ and Gov candidate, Katie Hobbs, used the power of the AZ SOS to collude w/ Twitter to unconstitutionally violate 1st Amendment rights of Americans for her own political gain."

"This is communism and Hobbs can not be governor. I'm calling for a Federal investigation," she added.



"Arrest them all," conservative talk show host Todd Starnes said.



Last week, Musk announced that "the public deserves to know what really happened," behind closed doors at Twitter.



On Friday, the Twitter owner began sharing the files via journalist Matt Taibbi, who shared proof that President Joe Biden's campaign interfered with the dissemination of the Hunter Biden laptop story, which was banned from the platform when it first broke.



Republican Rep. Troy Nehls on Friday ensured that "investigations are coming" into the involvement government officials had in censorship at Twitter.

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