The FBI raised eyebrows on Tuesday when it announced that it would not be accepting electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
H/T: Fox News
“Due to the emerging COVID-19 situation, the FBI is not accepting electronic Freedom of Information/Privacy Act requests or sending out electronic responses through the eFOIPA portal at this time. You may still submit a FOIPA request via standard mail. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding,” a red-bolded disclaimer stated on the FBI website.
This is crazy but then again FBI and FOIA is a disastrous combo— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) March 18, 2020
FBI will no longer accept FOIA requests electronically because of #coronavirus. Instead, the bureau wants requesters to leave their homes and mail the request in. pic.twitter.com/SFA6C1xdPP
The FBI has announced it's only accepting Freedom of Information Act requests sent through the mail and won't process electronic ones "due to the emerging COVID-19 situation" https://t.co/mBu27k8jpd— Axios (@axios) March 18, 2020
The FBI is responding to coronavirus by using it as an opportunity to kill off journalists who really want transparency. Even for the FBI, this is pretty FBI. https://t.co/GFOcqNitiZ— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) March 18, 2020