The FBI’s main X account was slapped with a community note on Monday as the bureau attempted to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The note pointed out that the FBI surveilled King and attempted to prevent him from organizing protests.
“This #MLKDay, the #FBI honors one of the most prominent leaders of the Civil Rights movement and reaffirms its commitment to Dr. King’s legacy of fairness and equal justice for all,” the FBI wrote in its X post Monday. The post was attached with a photo of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington D.C.
Before long, the post was corrected with a Community Note, X’s fact-checking service that allows users to add context to misleading or outright false posts. Notes can then be voted on by the community and are removed if the corrections themselves are deemed not credible or misleading.
“The FBI engaged in surveillance of King, attempted to discredit him, and used manipulation tactics to influence him to stop organizing. King’s family believe the FBI was responsible for his death,” the note, which is currently rated as “very hopeful,” reads. The note then links to articles detailing the questionable circumstances surrounding King’s assassination, bureau attempts to blackmail King and surveillance activities targeting the civil rights leader.
This #MLKDay, the #FBI honors one of the most prominent leaders of the Civil Rights movement and reaffirms its commitment to Dr. King’s legacy of fairness and equal justice for all. pic.twitter.com/tj9EUoXsFK
— FBI (@FBI) January 15, 2024
Monday was not the first time the FBI has been shown up by Community Notes.
This past July, the FBI attempted to deny the fact that they surveilled concerned parents who attended their child’s school board meetings. “The FBI is not and never has been in the business of policing or investigating speech by parents at school board meetings,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray, adding that the bureau only investigates threats of violence.
The quote, which was posted on the FBI’s main X account, was soon updated with a community note disputing the claim. “The FBI’s statement is misleading. On May 18, 2023, former FBI agent Steve Friend testified before the House Judiciary Committee that he and others were directed to surveil and document parents attending school board meetings,” reads the note, which linked to Friend’s testimony.
In reference to the false assertions about investigating parents at school board meetings, #FBI Director Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that the Bureau is not in the business of policing speech. Read more here: https://t.co/dZSUPgpAwS pic.twitter.com/7jebphhgIb
— FBI (@FBI) July 12, 2023