Musk comes through on promise to expose Twitter's 2020 censorship actions

 December 3, 2022

Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, blew the doors off of his new business Friday night after coming through on a promise to release the internal discussions that led to the blocking of the New York Post's bombshell Hunter Biden report just before the 2020 election, Breitbart reports

Matt Taibbi, an independent journalist, was given thousands of documents from Musk that detail a wide range of issues concerning the censorship actions Twitter took in the lead-up to perhaps one of the most consequential elections in modern U.S. history.

Taibbi, on Friday night, presented "Part One" of the "Twitter Files," and went through the first round of documents.

The documents are set to be analyzed further by Taibbi and released probably over a period of weeks, given the sheer volume.

Dorsey didn't know

Of all the shocking revelations from the report, so far, one of the biggest ones without a doubt is the realization that Twitter's founder and CEO at the time of the scandal, Jack Dorsey, wasn't fully aware, or in some cases, even remotely aware, of what his employees and teams were doing.

An amazing subplot of the Twitter/Hunter Biden laptop affair was how much was done without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, and how long it took for the situation to get 'unf***ed' (as one ex-employee put it) even after Dorsey jumped in," Taibbi wrote.

Additionally, more Twitter employees than one would believe were concerned with many censorship decisions that were made, though they clearly lacked the power to stop them.

"Trust & Safety chief Vijaya Gadde, long believed to be the driving force of censorship at the company, spearheaded the decision," Breitbart noted, referencing the decision to suppress the Post's laptop story.

Further revelations were beyond damning and will have wide-ranging implications for the future of social media and free speech.

Only one concerned Democrat

Within the leaked files, Taibbi noted that he could find only one Democrat who had expressed concern over censoring the laptop story, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA).

"Khanna was the only Democratic official I could find in the files who expressed concern," said Taibbi.

The California Democrat also received a rare shoutout from Musk himself.

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