Late last week, Elon Musk took the unprecedented step of providing emails to journalist Matt Taibbi which show that Twitter staff colluded with Democrats to suppress reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Fox Business has reported that Musk is now concerned for his life, with the tech giant suggesting that he faces a “significant” risk of being assassinated.
Musk: “It’s not that hard to kill me”
“Frankly the risk of something bad happening or literally even being shot is quite significant,” Fox Business quoted Musk as saying during a Twitter Spaces discussion on Saturday.
“I’m definitely not going to be doing any open air car parades, let me put it that way,” he noted, adding, “It’s not that hard to kill me if somebody wanted to, so hopefully they don’t.”
Musk went on to discuss his commitment to free expression, saying, “Throughout history, free speech has been highly unusual, not common.”
“So we have to fight really hard to keep that because it’s such a rare thing and it’s by no means something that’s default,” he stressed, arguing, “Controlled speech is the default, not free speech.”
Emails show Twitter “took extraordinary steps” to censor laptop story
In a Twitter thread put up last Friday evening, Taibbi explained how in 2020 “Twitter took extraordinary steps” to censor the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
This included “removing links and posting warnings that it may be ‘unsafe,'” measures that the social media platform typically reserves for malware and child pornography.
18. Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.” They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
Although over 50 left-leaning former intelligence officials signed a letter asserting that the laptop had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” mainstream media outlets such as CBS News have since confirmed its authenticity.
Meanwhile, screenshots of one exchange that took place just weeks before the election show that a Twitter employee had been provided with a list of tweets that Joe Biden’s presidential campaign was seeking to have removed. Another employee replied that the matter had been “handled.”
8. By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.” pic.twitter.com/mnv0YZI4af
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 2, 2022
During his remarks on Saturday, Musk suggested that more revelations about Twitter’s 2020 election interference could be forthcoming.
“We’re just gonna put all the information out there and try to get a clean slate. We will be iteratively better and it will force other media companies to also be more truthful or else they’ll lose their readership,” he said.