FBIs Twitter DMs + Blocked Users

Anon Fire filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

13593-0, DOJ-AP-2017-001325



From: Patrick Mackie

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

1. A list of users blocked from accessing FBI's official Twitter account (@FBI) as of the day this request is processed.
2. All Direct Messages sent or received from the official FBI account (@FBI) as of the day this request is processed.

Accounts blocked can be found at: https://twitter.com/settings/blocked when logged into the account.


The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Patrick Mackie

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Mackie,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at https://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, by clicking on the SERVICES link at the top of the homepage and then click on the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy picture, or the direct link is: https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia, or by accessing the U. S. Department of Justice at https://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Ofc: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Patrick Mackie

I am appealing the integrity of the search as the exemptions are not seemingly applicable to all of the FBI's twitter DMs.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

12/20/2016 02:32 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-001325

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-001325 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal.

  • Mackie, Patrick, DOJ-AP-2017-001325, FBI, affirm 6 7C categorical; 7E