Twitter chief Elon Musk has told the company’s founder that “everything we find” about the social networking website’s crackdown on free speech will be released – but warned that some incriminating evidence may have been destroyed.
In an online exchange with Jack Dorsey, Musk also said the former CEO was kept in the dark by relatives who conspired behind his back.
“The most important information has been hidden (even from you) and some may be deleted, but everything we find will be open” – the richest man in the world he tweeted on Wednesday.
Musk’s pledge came after Dorsey responded to continued delays in releasing the second batch of “Twitter Files.”
After Friday’s outbursts from independent journalist Matt Taibbi, Musk said that “Part 2” will be released the next day.
Instead, he tweeted after Sunday, “We need one more day.”
Taibbi, a former Rolling Stone writer, said the next installment will be produced by former New York Times freelance journalist Barry Weiss.
On Wednesday, Dorsey tweeted at Musk asking why he was using reporters to filter the information he revealed.
“If the goal of transparency is to build trust, why not leave everything unfiltered and let people make their own judgments? Does it include all discussions surrounding current and future actions? Make everything public now,” Dorsey said.
The back-and-forth comes a day after Musk announced he was firing Twitter’s deputy general counsel, Jim Baker.
Musk said Baker was canned because of his “possible role in suppressing information critical to public communication.”
Musk said he questioned Baker about Twitter’s embarrassing crackdown on The Post blockbuster, the October 2020 leak of Hunter Biden’s laptop, and found Baker’s answers “unconvincing.”
Taibbi also tweeted Tuesday that Baker was behind the roughly 90-minute delay in releasing his “Twitter Files” tweets on Friday.
According to Taibbi, Backer “checked out” the main material “without knowing the new management”.
Taibbi also said that Weiss exposed Baker “when he found out that Jim was the person responsible for distributing the files.
“When he called to ask for the last name ‘Jim,’ he got back, ‘Jim Baker,'” Taibbi wrote.