During the closing days of the 2020 presidential campaign, Twitter joined with other social media platforms to suppress reporting on Hunter Biden's laptop.
Company owner Elon Musk released internal communications about the matter last week to journalist Matt Taibbi, and they show a pattern of collusion between Twitter and the Biden campaign.
In a long series of tweets, put out on Friday evening Taibbi published screenshots of emails sent between Twitter insiders.
In one exchange, a Twitter employee provided a list of tweets which the Biden campaign had asked the platform to review. Another employee responded 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
Taibbi noted how Twitter "took extraordinary steps to suppress the story" around Biden's laptop, even "removing links and posting warnings that it may be 'unsafe'" for users to access the New York Post's article.
Interestingly, much of the mainstream media has so far chosen to largely ignore revelations about political interference by Twitter, a fact which led Musk to label The New York Times as a "lobbying firm for far left politicians."
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 3, 2022
Someone who is paying attention is Kentucky Rep. James Comer. The Republican lawmaker is expected to become House Oversight Committee chairman, and he told Fox News on Friday that "every Twitter employee" who played a role in suppressing the story will be called to testify.
🚨 In January, I can promise you this.
Every @Twitter employee involved in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story will have an opportunity to come before @GOPoversight and explain their actions to the American people. @elonmusk has provided facts for Americans. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/xX9i9aQVHU
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) December 3, 2022
"When we announced the investigation of the Biden family and references material from the laptop, many in the mainstream media said this was a conspiracy theory," Comer told host Jason Chaffetz.
"We know from the CBS’ forensic audit that the laptop is legitimate, and now we know from Elon Musk there was correspondence from the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee to suppress this story," he added.