WASHINGTON—Twitter whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli will testify on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability during a hearing titled ”Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias, Part 1: Twitter’s Role in Suppressing the Biden Laptop Story.”
The Signals Network supports Navaroli through its Whistleblower Protection Program.
The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. EST.
Navaroli was the most senior expert on Twitter’s U.S. safety policy team at the time of the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January 2021.
In September 2022, Navaroli went public in an exclusive interview with Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell as one of the two Twitter whistleblowers who gave evidence to the U.S. House Committee investigating the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. Shortly after, she was awarded the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling for her courage in coming forward to speak truth to the committee.
During Wednesday’s hearing, lawmakers plan to question three other former Twitter employees in addition to Navaroli.
Government Accountability Project joined The Signals Network as co-counsel for Navaroli for the hearing. Project On Government Oversight also helped prepare Navaroli for this hearing.
The Signals Network Legal Director and co-counsel for Anika said: “For two years now, Anika has been raising the alarm about the systemic failures at Twitter that eventually led to an attack on the very heart of our democracy. Today she will once again warn Congress of the dangers of doing nothing when it comes to regulating social media. Our democracy depends on courageous whistleblowers like Anika.”
Government Accountability Project co-counsel David Z. Seide said, “Anika is a courageous whistleblower who, at considerable personal risk, has repeatedly sounded alarms about mismanagement at Twitter, which has produced dire consequences. Her testimony to Congress will make clear the problems are very much still present, that violence is going to happen again, and that doing nothing is not an option. We all need to listen.”
Danielle Brian, Executive Director and President of the Project On Government Oversight, said, “Anika Navaroli is again being asked by Congress to provide her unique insight: that Twitter and other social media companies continue to allow narratives that promote political violence to fester on their platforms around the world. Rather than allowing her critical message to be lost to partisan gamesmanship, I hope Congress listens and learns from this brave whistleblower.”
The Signals Network (TSN) is an international 501(c)3 organization that supports whistleblowers who have shared public interest information with the press. Founded in 2017 by Delphine Halgand-Mishra and a committed board of journalists, whistleblowers and lawyers, TSN provides end-to-end support to whistleblowers around the world and works with journalists to hold some the world’s most powerful institutions accountable in Big Tech and other sectors.
The Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing and developing legal reforms, Government Accountability Project’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, Government Accountability Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes waste, corruption, abuse of power, and when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing. POGO champions reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles.”
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