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Documents of PM/Govt/ministers communications with Twitter, specifically Strategic Response Team - Global Escalation Team

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From: J Schofield

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

I request all documents held that constitute communications between the Prime Minister, other Ministers, or other NZ Government officials, agencies or agents and; Twitter's Strategic Response Team - Global Escalation Team (SRT-GET), and Twitter's Site Integrity Policy, Policy Escalation Support (SIP-PES).

Please consider SRT-GET and SIP-PES to include any known/potential members of that team, and any high ranked officials/employees at Twitter. Specifically but not exclusively this includes Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde, Yoel Roth, Parag Agrawal, as identified as SIP-PES members by Ms Bari Weiss.

I seek any communications relating to requests by NZ govt persons or entities and Twitter that seek to suppress or alter the dissemination of any information tweeted by any person known or thought to be either or both a New Zealand citizen/permanent resident and/or located within New Zealand (incl any overseas territory/overseas NZ govt controlled location).

I also request all documents held that may constitute similar discussions or communications that may be of any international public interest.

I also request all documents held that constitute any discussion of suppression of any information whatsoever, between the same NZ Govt persons and twitter-related persons.

I also request all documents held that constitute NZ-govt internal policies or discussions relating to the suppression or algorithmic alteration of the dissemination of information by Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

I limit the period covered by this request to the period between 1 January 2019 and today's date (9 December 2022).

Please reference the #TwitterFiles by journalists Matt Tiabbi and Bari Weiss, brought to us by Twitter's new owner, notable gigachad Elon Musk.

Specifically;

"12. The group that decided whether to limit the reach of certain users was the Strategic Response Team - Global Escalation Team, or SRT-GET. It often handled up to 200 "cases" a day.

13. But there existed a level beyond official ticketing, beyond the rank-and-file moderators following the company’s policy on paper. That is the “Site Integrity Policy, Policy Escalation Support,” known as “SIP-PES.

14. This secret group included Head of Legal, Policy, and Trust (Vijaya Gadde), the Global Head of Trust & Safety (Yoel Roth), subsequent CEOs Jack Dorsey and Parag Agrawal, and others".

These tweets are available from this link - https://twitter.com/bariweiss/status/160...

Yours faithfully,

Dr J. Schofield

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)
received on 9 December 2022, copied below. We will respond to your request
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Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
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Kia Ora J Schofield

We refer to your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request of 9 December 2022.

We note that your request, as it is currently framed, has not been specified with due particularity per section 12(2) of the OIA.

On this basis, we consider it reasonably necessary for your request to be clarified in order for us to respond appropriately.

Can you please provide clarity and particularity on the six points of your request?

Ngâ mihi

Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement Group
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From: J Schofield

Dearest Ministerial Services,

I hope that you are well and have enjoyed a restful festive season.

I am confident these requests meet the 'due particularity' test as explained by the Ombudsman in OIA guide for agencies, 2019 (Omb 2019). That is, simply "the agency must be reasonably able to identify what information is being requested". I have explained what these documents and records, if held, are; what specific topics they relate to; who the parties to the documents are; and when the documents would have been created. If this remains unclear please advise with precision.

I of course do note that this is potentially a broad request.

I also note "...that a request is for a large amount of information does not of itself mean that the request lacks due particularity." (Omb 2019).

In fact, per Omb 2019, essentially any OIA request is in theory for a vast amount of information, as OIA requests for information cover any information held by an agency of the Government; even if that information is "held" only in the memory of a staff member or Minister.

In this specific instance, one can be certain that covered information is held, as "https://www.christchurchcall.com/" exists, and as the Prime Minister has made public appearances with now-former Twitter staff, for example Jack Dorsey and Vijaya Gadde, with these meetings declared to be in regard to precisely the matters in question. It is a certainty that at least the Prime Minister holds; in her official capacity; information subject to OIA disclosure; in at least her memory; that constitutes information that may be subject to disclosure upon OIA request.

For example:

On 28 May 2022 now-fired Twitter head of legal, policy, and trust at Twitter tweeted "Thank you Prime Minister @JacindaArdern for the great conversation today. I look forward to continuing to work with you on critical technology and safety issues as part of Twitter’s ongoing commitment to the #ChristchurchCall" - @vijaya, accompanied by a photograph of both women and two other people.

On September 9 2019 Twitter founder and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted "Met PM
@jacindaardern at the Beehive today for a followup discussion on the Christchurch call. Also my first time in New Zealand. Kind folks and beautiful environment." - @jack, accompanied by a photograph of Mr Dorsey and Ms Ardern.

These two instances alone necessitate that information covered by my request not only may exist, but that such information must exist.

Yours sincerely,

J Schofield

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Thank you for emailing the Department of the Prime Minister and
Cabinet (DPMC), including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
DPMC is closed from 24 December 2022 to 8 January 2023 and we will not be
responding to emails during that time. 

Please note, DPMC is not able to respond to emails that are
outside its purview. If the subject of your email does not relate to the
work of DPMC, we will forward your email to the appropriate Minister
or agency who will respond to you directly. To find out more about the
functions of DPMC please view our website [1]https://dpmc.govt.nz/ .

 

If your correspondence is intended for the Prime Minister please email her
office at [2][email address]. Contact information for
other Members of Parliament can be found
at [3]https://www.parliament.nz/en/get-involve...
you are writing about an issue relating to COVID-19, we encourage you to
first refer to the [4]COVID-19 website. Here’s a list of links that you
may find helpful: 

* [5]Latest news
* [6]Financial support
* [7]Travel and the border
* [8]Mental wellbeing, accessing health care and violence protection
* [9]Proactive release of Government Response documents
* [10]Managed Isolation and Quarantine 

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your local GP or
contact the Healthline team on 0800 358 5453.

Common questions:

* Official Information Act (OIA) requests will be formally acknowledged
during office hours and actioned accordingly. For more information
about the statutory OIA timeframes please see
[11]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/.
* For Job opportunities within DPMC see
[12]https://centralagenciesjobs.cass.govt.nz.... Please use
this website to apply for vacancies, unfortunately resumes received
through other avenues will not be considered.
* New Zealand Visas and requests for asylum are managed by Immigration
New Zealand. Please see  [13]https://www.immigration.govt.nz/. 

We hope one of the above links helps answer your question.  

We appreciate your patience at this time. Thanks again and please take
care.

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Kia ora koe,

 

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi,

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
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Please see the attached letter regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi,

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
E    [1][DPMC request email]
 
 
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Tçnâ koe J. Schofield,

 

Thank you for your OIA request to the Department of Internal Affairs
(included with this email)

 

The Department will provide its response to your request as soon as
practicable and within twenty working days.  The 20^th working day is 20
February 2023

 

Please note that in cases where the Department’s response provides
information that is identified to be of general public interest, the
response may also be published on the Department of Internal Affairs
website.  If the Department publishes its response to your OIA request,
all personal information, including your name and contact details, will be
removed.

 

Nâku, nâ

 

 

Michelle Reed [1](she/her)  

Kaitohutohu Ârahi, te Ture Pârongo Ôkawa | Lead Advisor Official
Correspondence 

Te Urûngi | Organisational Strategy & Performance

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Tçnâ koe J. Schofield,

 

Thank you for your OIA request, which was transferred to the Department of
Internal Affairs on 20 January 2023 (attached)

 

The Department will provide its response to your request as soon as
practicable and within twenty working days.  The 20^th working day is 20
February 2023

 

Please note that in cases where the Department’s response provides
information that is identified to be of general public interest, the
response may also be published on the Department of Internal Affairs
website.  If the Department publishes its response to your OIA request,
all personal information, including your name and contact details, will be
removed.

 

Nâku, nâ

 

 

Michelle Reed [1](she/her)  

Kaitohutohu Ârahi, te Ture Pârongo Ôkawa | Lead Advisor Official
Correspondence 

Te Urûngi | Organisational Strategy & Performance

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Kia ora koe,

 

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi,

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
E    [1][DPMC request email]
 
 
The information contained in this email message is for the attention of
the intended recipient only and is not necessarily the official view or
communication of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. If you
are not the intended recipient you must not disclose, copy or distribute
this message or the information in it. If you have received this message
in error, please destroy the email and notify the sender immediately.

 

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