A day after new Twitter CEO Elon Musk and journalist Matt Taibbi released a scathing report on political censorship on Twitter, Musk said he plans to reveal “more smoking guns” in the future.
He said that by showing how Twitter has worked to suppress information, such as in 2020 when Hunter Biden’s laptop was published by The Post, it will encourage the mainstream media to be more committed to the truth. hopes that will force. .
“We’re going to put all the data out there, we’re going to get better iteratively, and it’s going to force other media companies to tell the truth, or they’re going to lose their readers,” said Musk, tuned in by tens of thousands of users. In a Twitter Space Q&A session.
On Friday, Taibbi released a stunning set of internal memos that show Democrats contacted Twitter to suppress The Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Musk said on Twitter on Saturday that he believed there were “more smoking guns” he wanted to share with the public, but said it was unclear when the information would be released.
However, he noted that he “did not personally review the Twitter files,” instead leaving that up to Taibbi and reporter Barry Weiss.
While he had not reviewed the documents himself, Musk said on Twitter that there is a “very different standard in the United States that applies to Republican candidates compared to Democratic candidates.”
“I’m not saying that’s necessarily the case. It seems that the Democrats are uncensored and the Republicans are and are a double standard, and I think that’s pretty obvious to anyone who uses Twitter.
“Frankly, this kind of behavior is expected from a San Francisco-based organization that’s far to the left,” he said, noting that Twitter’s political contributions are more than 99% Democrats.
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“So what kind of perspective would you expect people to have? It’s the kind of behavior you’d expect from a company that’s essentially a distillation of San Francisco politics.
Twitter’s former chief censor, Vijaya Gadde, will be under the Judiciary Committee’s scrutiny when Republicans win control of the House in January — continuing the ramifications of the first part of Musk’s findings of political favoritism and censorship at Twitter.
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“We are looking into Vijaya Gadde’s role in suppressing the New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop,” a committee spokesman told The Post on Saturday. “We plan to investigate this further. Stay tuned.â€
Gadde, 48, Twitter’s former head of law, policy and trust, played a “pivotal role” in suppressing The Post’s Hunter Biden story, Taibbi wrote after reviewing the social media company’s internal records. He reported for a report called â€œThe Twitter Filesâ€
The former executive, who was also instrumental in the company’s decision to ban former President Trump from the platform, was fired by Musk shortly after he bought the company for $44 billion in October.
Gadde, who held a high-profile administration position on the Homeland Security Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency advisory committee while a Twitter employee, reportedly earned $17 million in 2021.
Musk enjoyed the traffic that Taibbi’s filing on Friday generated for his newly acquired site.
Taibbi’s report found that a small group of top executives chose to label The Post’s story about then-candidate Joe Biden’s son as “spoilt material” without evidence, bowing repeatedly to Democratic demands. Explosive report from site all discussion excise.
Taibbi said the social media company took “extraordinary measures” to suppress the laptop story, removing exposed links shared by users and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.”
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Mainstream journalists — along with Democratic strategists — blasted Taibbi as a “deplorable” “fraud” for working with Musk to forge internal documents. “Selling Your Soul to the Richest White Nationalist on Earth,” Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali reported. â€œMatt Taibbi has always been a fraud and always will be.â€ wrote Dem pollster Matt McDermott.
Both the New York Times and the Washington Post have so far declined to cover the Twitter storm, much to Musk’s ire. “The New York Times has become, for all intents and purposes, an unregistered lobbying firm for far-left politicians” Musk wrote on Twitter after radio host Clay Travis stated that it is not obvious from the websites of the two newspapers.
Angry Republicans Blast Twitter’s Partisan Censorship. “Leftists hate your freedom.” Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted, compared their suppression to that of the Chinese Communist Party. “They want to silence all dissent.” Meanwhile, tech investor and GOP donor Peter Thiel welcomed the report. â€œSunlight is the best disinfectant!â€ Thiel told The Post.
Actor James Woods, who revealed Taibbi was targeted for Twitter censorship at the behest of the Democratic National Committee, has threatened to lead a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and the DNC. â€œHow would you like to fund a class action lawsuit for the oppressed?â€ Woods Musk asked in his tweet thanked the billionaire for making these documents public. â€œI will be happy to be the main contender.â€
Twitter may have interfered in other national elections, Musk said: Brazil’s Oct. 30 election in which hard-leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ousted far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. staff preferred left-wing candidates’ Musk tweeted early Saturday in response to a user who asked him to determine whether the platform interfered in the politics of other countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron met with Musk on Friday night during a tour of New Orleans, urging him to step up moderation of Twitter content. “We’re working with Twitter to improve children’s online protection” Macron announced. “Today Elon Musk confirmed it to me. Let’s protect our children better on the Internet.â€
Musk, 51, the world’s richest man, bought Twitter last month to turn it into a haven for free speech.
Musk has insisted on full disclosure about the company’s controversial choice to block The Post’s damning report on President Biden’s son ahead of the 2020 election, and has been teasing the release of internal files for days. .
After Musk’s blockbuster takeover of Twitter, his top advertisers fled the site, destroying the company’s bottom line. On Saturday, Musk confirmed that Apple — the platform’s historic and now biggest advertiser — is back, among others.
“I think we’re starting to see a lot of other advertisers start to recover their spending as well,” Musk said in a Twitter Space Q&A. “I think the problem is that they read all these stories in the media and then they think they’re true and they’re not.”
Musk said advertisers are “revealing that the media reports that Twitter is some kind of right-wing hellscape are unfounded,” adding that he is “cautiously optimistic.” the future of the company.