Twitter role in censoring Hunter Biden laptop story raises perjury questions

 December 4, 2022

Bombshell revelations emerged Friday when Twitter owner Elon Musk enlisted journalist Matt Taibbi to expose the Biden campaign's links to what happened behind the scenes at the tech giant in October of 2020 when the decision was made to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story, according to Fox News, in a move that has caused some to accuse company executives of criminal perjury.

At the heart of the claim are internal Twitter messages posted by Taibbi which show that the company received from “the Biden team” a list of supposedly problematic tweets that the campaign wanted blocked and subsequently reveal those concerns to have been “handled,” i.e. addressed in the manner demanded by the then-candidate's advisors.

Tweets “handled”

In a lengthy thread posted by Taibbi outlining the chain of events that led to the egregious suppression of the scandalous and damning materials found on Hunter Biden's laptop in the immediate run-up to the 2020 presidential election, the journalist provides evidence of intervention from Joe Biden's team and its impact on the decisions ultimately made by Twitter executives.

Taibbi posted a screenshot of an internal exchange dated Oct. 24, 2020 that included a series of links described as “more to review from the Biden team,” and a later reply indicating that a recipient of the list had “handled these.”

“Handling” them, as most will recall, meant that Twitter prevented users from sharing links to the New York Post's bombshell report on the contents of the computer, whether in standard tweets or even in direct messages, going so far as to suspend the accounts of those who did, including the personal account of then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

While Taibbi notes that in 2020, Twitter had received – and indeed granted – takedown requests from both the Trump White House as well as the Biden campaign, “the system wasn't balanced.”

The process of having material removed from the platform was, according to Taibbi, “based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one politic orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right.”

Possible perjury?

Twitter executives have long maintained that the decision to block the laptop story was not the result of requests from the Democrat candidate's campaign and was in keeping with its then-policy regarding “Distribution of Hacked Materials” and its policy on “Private Information,” using that explanation as an answer to a formal Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint that the company's actions amounted to an in-kind donation to the Biden campaign.

Indeed, FEC Commissioner Sean Cooksey on Friday revealed that Twitter executives represented in sworn affidavits that decision makers at the company did not “even communicate with the Biden campaign regarding Twitter's decision to enforce its content moderation policies with respect to the N.Y. Post articles” and posted a link to the tech giant's formal response to the aforementioned complaint.

Cooksey's information unleashed a host of fiery reactions online, with one observer wondering, “Is that blatantly illegal: perjury under oath, or something?” and another noting, “So they lied under oath, too? Wow, I didn't have much hope that the collective intelligence of Twitter employees could fill a thimble and this now solidifies that thinking. Perjury is a real crime.”

Accountability coming?

Though countless Americans are surely exasperated by the two-tiered system of justice when it comes to offenses committed by Democrats versus those of Republicans, Just the News reports that the incoming GOP majority in the House may yet force Twitter executives to answer for what occurred I n 2020.

Rep. James Comer (R-KY), who is poised to assume the chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee in January, has declared his intention of bringing Twitter brass before his panel to justify the rationale used to censor unflattering information about the Biden family just ahead of the 2020 election.

“I can promise you this: Every employee at Twitter who was involved in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story will have an opportunity to come before Congress and explain their actions to the American people,” Comer declared.

“This story's just beginning...because we're going to have every single person at Twitter that was involved in this in front of the House Oversight Committee as soon as possible,” and considering that recent polling suggests that a likely outcome-determinative 17% of Biden voters would have jumped ship in 2020 if they had known the truth about the laptop, a probe of this nature is long overdue.

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