USA: Microblogging service Twitter is all set to come to light. The company's CEO Elon Musk has made public the "Twitter Files", a collection of emails sent by the company in the form of tweets.
How Hunter Biden handled the laptop story during the 2020 US presidential election. The messages included internal correspondence between company executives as well as communications with outside parties such as politicians.
In a series of 37 tweets, journalist Matt Taibbi described the extraordinary measures taken by Twitter to censor information on behalf of a particular political party. Musk tweeted a link to the article.
According to Taibbi, the company "was and is" staffed by employees who primarily share a particular political orientation, making it easier for Democrats to air grievances than Republicans.
According to Taibbi, Twitter took "extraordinary steps" to censor a New York Post article from October 14, 2020, which described what was on Hunter Biden's laptop.
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The company began removing links to the article, posted a warning that it could be "unsafe" and even refused direct message transmissions. The last step is only used in extreme circumstances, such as child pornography.
Keleigh McEnany, a White House spokeswoman, tweeted about the incident ahead of the 2020 election and was subsequently kicked out of her account.
This prompted the Donald Trump campaign to write a scathing letter to business. Carolyn Strom, director of public policy on Twitter, responded by saying that the story was removed because it broke the organization's "hacked content policy". Certainly not a strong argument.
According to Taibbi, there is no evidence that the government hacked into Hunter's laptop and became involved. Twitter employees used the hacking as "just an excuse", but they knew it would not be accepted. However, none changed their mind.
Biggest surprise? Without the knowledge of ex-CEO Jack Dorsey, former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde was a major contributor to the election.
There was complete chaos at Twitter HQ over how to handle the laptop story.
"I'm struggling to understand the policy basis for marking this as unsafe," Trenton Kennedy, a communications officer, wrote in an email.
Brandon Borman, former vice president of global communications, asked, "Can we honestly claim that this is part of the policy?"
Sadly, business kept making mistakes.
Twitter didn't even take into account outside feedback.
Gadde quickly turned to stating the company's policy regarding "hacked content" after Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna warned him that suppressing the laptop story would be against his First Amendment rights.
It might surprise you to learn that some Democratic lawmakers thought that "more" content moderation was necessary and that the First Amendment was "not complete."
According to Elon Musk, the second installment of the "Twitter Files" will be made public tomorrow. He continued by saying that if free speech was lost, even in America, tyranny would be the future for all and that it was a "fight for the future of civilization".