WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said Monday that Twitter owner Elon Musk’s release of internal company files is “not healthy.”
“What’s going on — frankly, it’s not healthy. It’s not going to improve the lives of one American. Look, we’re going to make it fun, you know, random and, you know, it’s a distraction,” concluded Jean- Pierre criticized Musk’s remarks at length during a briefing on Monday. On Friday, Twitter executives revealed how they decided to crack down Post’s shocking revelations.
“We think it’s interesting or coincidental if it’s that random — Twitter accidentally pushes this distraction full of old news, if you think about it,” Jean-Pierre said. Politically motivated denial of free speech protections as a result of Musk’s document leak.
“And at the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rise of anger, hatred and anti-Semitism on its platform and how they allow it to happen.”
The voice of the Biden administration ignored Musk’s Twitter drawn rapper Kanye West For tweeting the swastika after making anti-Semitic remarks last week — or as of Monday, the country’s most famous Jew-bashing account remains active on the Facebook-owned Instagram account with 18.4 million followers.
Musk helped publish internal Twitter messages on Friday about the fallout from The Post’s October 2020 decision to censor documents linking President Biden to his family’s overseas business ventures. Early documents showed an internal push to use the “damaged materials” policy to do so in the absence of evidence to support the claim. This shot was cancelled.
Musk, who also runs electric car maker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, bought Twitter for $44 billion in October to restore free speech values, citing the Hunter Biden laptop story among other examples, and said he would release more internal documents in a press release late Friday. . communications shown “Team Biden” presented some laptop tweets to company executives to delete.
Jean-Pierre’s condemnation of Musk’s transparency efforts came in response to questions from Fox News’ Jacques Heinrich.
“On Twitter, because you’ve said you’re closely monitoring Elon Musk’s ownership, and this is the first time we’ve spoken to you since he released the files a few days ago — this is the White House’s view that Twitter was right to censor this report before the election. Has a decision been made? – asked Heinrich.
Jean-Pierre reprimanded Heinrich: “You actually misinterpreted what I said and took it out of context when you asked your question.”
“Look, when I answered the question and I already talked about how the White House and the administration are looking at what’s going on on Twitter,” Jean-Pierre said.
“We’re also following what’s happening, just as you’re reporting, just as you’re seeing it. And what I’m commenting on is yes, we’re seeing what’s going on, just like you’re all seeing what’s going on with Twitter. Just wanted to clarify because you either misinterpreted what I said or took it out of context. So, can you ask your question again? “
Heinrich continued, “My question is, six days ago, you told the White House that you were closely monitoring the situation after Elon Musk owned up to misinformation on Twitter. And since these files were released under the “degraded material” clause on Twitter, it was decided to censor reports before the election. My question is: Does the White House believe these decisions were made correctly given what is known?’
“What decisions? By whom?” – asked Jean-Pierre before addressing Musk to himself.
“Through Twitter,” Heinrich reminded the press secretary.
Musk’s release of the files does not yet detail whether the Biden campaign or the U.S. government will pressure Twitter executives to impose initial censorship on The Post — if such documents exist.
Jean-Pierre Biden administration officials said Wednesday “pay attention” to “report” Misinformation spread on Twitter amid Musk’s pro-free speech reforms after the billionaire promised to reverse Democratic bias in moderate decisions. Last Monday, he said authorities “watch” Musk’s property.
Last week, the billionaire ended Twitter’s COVID-19 misinformation policy as reported 11,200 accounts were suspended and nearly 98,000 posts were deleted, including those that questioned the efficacy and safety of vaccines and masks.
Twitter banned users from sharing links to The Post’s report on documents describing the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son Hunter and brother James Biden in the weeks before the 2020 election. in Ukraine and China. Twitter too The Post has blocked its main account.
Twitter justified its censoring of The Post by citing its “infringing material” policy — despite the fact that there was no evidence that the material was infringing. Post reports clearly describe the laptop being dropped off by Hunter Biden at a repair shop in Delaware, and neither the Biden campaign nor Hunter Biden have directly denied the authenticity of the laptop.
Last month, Biden called for federal investigations into Musk’s purchase of Twitter on national security grounds because of the Saudi prince’s longtime minority ownership.
“I think Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical ties with other countries are worth looking into.” – said Biden. “I’m not suggesting that he’s doing something inappropriate. I’m suggesting that it’s worth looking into.
“How?” a journalist followed.
“There are many ways,” Biden said.
SaudiPrince Alwaleed bin Talal owned a share on Twitter Since 2011 and his firm Kingdom Holdings currently owns about 4% is the platform’s largest shareholder, making it second only to Musk.
Republicans said Biden’s call for an investigation of Musk’s foreign business associates was ironic, and the billionaire vowed to expose Biden’s censorship of his family’s involvement in business influence. China, Russia, Mexico, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.