Musk Releases 'Twitter Files' on Suppression of Hunter Biden Story

On Friday, Twitter owner Elon Musk released the “Twitter Files,” a series of internal communications, through journalist Matt Taibbi.

Musk Releases 'Twitter Files' on Suppression of Hunter Biden Story
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Facts

  • On Friday, Twitter owner Elon Musk released the “Twitter Files,” a series of internal communications, through journalist Matt Taibbi. The previously unseen files appear to show Twitter employees cooperating with efforts to suppress the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop in the fall of 2020.
  • The focal point of the communications was the Post story, which claimed the paper had access to Hunter Biden’s personal laptop, and could connect Pres. Joe Biden and his son to dubious dealings with a Ukrainian energy company.
  • Musk, who describes himself as a free speech absolutist, teased the release earlier in the week, and intended it to show how Twitter’s previous regime actively stifled free speech.
  • Following the Post’s publishing of the laptop story, Twitter disabled users’ ability to share the tweet, and banned the New York Post’s account, reportedly suspecting the story may have been the result of Russian hacking.
  • Taibbi reported that Twitter coordinated with powerful entities, including both major political parties, in order to “handle” problematic tweets. However, the political distribution of Twitter’s employees allegedly allowed for Democratic advantage.
  • In Twitter Spaces, Musk confirmed there would be a second “Twitter Files” release coordinated with journalist Bari Weiss and at a future date.

Sources: Forbes, New York Post, NBC, Politico, FOX News, and CNN

Narratives

  • Republican narrative, as provided by FOX News. Pre-Musk Twitter was clearly biased against Republicans, frequently bowing to requests from the Biden campaign to take down tweets and accounts it didn’t like. The suppression of the Hunter Biden story, which strongly affected the 2020 election, was particularly egregious, considering it proved to be legitimate. This might be just the tip of the iceberg considering Musk’s promise of more releases soon.
  • Democratic narrative, as provided by CNN. These communications simply reinforce what we already knew about Twitter’s difficult decision to limit distribution of the laptop story. Beyond the laptop story, there’s no proof Twitter’s content moderation favored Democrats or Republicans, who each made numerous requests to the platform. Despite claims from both Musk and Republicans, there was no evidence the FBI ever leaned on Twitter. Musk’s big reveal was a big bust.