Elon Musk did something unprecedented when he bought Twitter: he spent $44 billion so he could blow the whistle on Twitter’s biggest scandal.
Back in October 2020, the New York Post posted a bombshell news story on Hunter Biden’s laptop. But what did Twitter do about it?
They suppressed the news. They blocked people from sharing it, and even shut down Trump’s Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s account for sharing the article.
But Elon Musk got a hold of all the communication behind the scenes and exposed what really happened. From The Daily Wire:
“Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools. Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly,” Taibbi said. “By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: ‘More to review from the Biden team.’ The reply would come back: ‘Handled.’”
Taibbi’s post shows that on October 24, team Biden asked for five tweets to be removed. According to Andrew Kerr of the Washington Free Beacon, those tweets were either drug-related photos of Hunter Biden or pornographic photos of him.
So the Biden team routinely asked Twitter to scrub bad stories that could hurt his candidacy. It turned out Trump’s team did it as well, but with the overwhelming majority of Twitter employees being liberal, they scrubbed a lot more for Biden.
And by “scrubbed” we mean “violated Americans’ 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech.”
What’s worse? Many of these posts on Hunter Biden turned out to be true. But the mainstream media and the fact checkers literally took 18 months after the election to admit that the contents of the Hunter laptop were legitimate.
And here’s the lengths Twitter went to for the Biden team when the report that could have torpedoed his campaign came out:
The New York Post published “BIDEN SECRET EMAILS” on October 14, 2020, a report about the laptop belonging to Biden’s son.
“Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be ‘unsafe,’” Taibbi continued. “They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.”
Exactly how far did they go, and how bad did it get? They actually went after the White House spokeswoman for posting it:
“White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany was locked out of her account for tweeting about the story, prompting a furious letter from Trump campaign staffer Mike Hahn, who seethed: ‘At least pretend to care for the next 20 days,’” Taibbi continued. “This led public policy executive Caroline Strom to send out a polite WTF query. Several employees noted that there was tension between the comms/policy teams, who had little/less control over moderation, and the safety/trust teams.”
Pretty despicable. And it turns out this decision was made at the top levels of leadership of Twitter (but Jack Dorsey was out of the loop), and they knew early on that their lame excuse about “hacking materials” was not going to hold up under the scrutiny of freedom of speech. Even Democrat Ro Khanna reached out with his concerns, even while other Democrats praised Twitter and thought they should go further in censoring conservative content.
These were pretty big revelations, but they may not be the last of it. From the Washington Examiner:
Miranda Devine, a reporter for the New York Post who has written extensively about the Hunter Biden laptop controversy, was seemingly unimpressed with the information that was revealed in the so-called Twitter Files, suspecting Musk may have “kept a little bit of information in reserve.”
“It’s not really the smoking gun we’d hoped for,” Devine told Tucker Carlson on Fox News Friday night. “I feel that Elon Musk has held back some material.”
So, some conservatives were disappointed and think there may be even more that we haven’t seen. It is interesting that the report specifically says the Biden team requested Hunter content taken down, but emphasizes that it was Twitter’s call to pull the laptop story, and not a request from the Biden team.
And it was also odd that Musk’s live Twitter announcement was delayed by hours, which he excused because he was checking out some facts. Meaning possibly that Musk was pressured not to reveal some critical pieces of information.
That also means that there could be more to come.
Hopefully, it is clear to all Americans that grave injustices were committed by trying to hide the truth of Hunter’s business relationships and personal activities in the middle of a presidential election. And it is completely inappropriate for political leaders to have direct lines to social media to ask them to remove unflattering content and override the Constitutional rights of Americans.
Thankfully, Elon Musk seems to be creating more transparency at such a key organization that disseminates information to Americans, but it remains to be seen whether Musk has shared the whole truth with the American people.
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