Last Friday, Elon Musk delivered on a promise he made when he took over Twitter. Musk, who vowed to bring greater transparency to the social media company, released the details of how Twitter suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story leading up to the 2020 election.
Internal emails and messages had been allegedly given to journalist Matt Taibbi by Musk so he could reveal to the public how Twitter had helped cover up the New York Post’s story about Biden’s laptop and secretive foreign communications.
Taibbi made these documents public in a Twitter thread, revealing collusion between the US Government and senior Twitter executives to censor the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop so it would be swept under the rug ahead of the elections and labeled as “fake news.”
Here we go!! 🍿🍿 https://t.co/eILK9f3bAm
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2022
The files released to the public showed that James Baker, a former FBI general counsel and Brookings fellow, instructed Twitter executives to block the Hunter Biden story on their platform because it was in violation of Twitter’s rules.
In October 2020, Baker wrote to Twitter officials, saying, “I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked. At this stage, however, it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”
After this information was brought to light, Musk announced on Tuesday that Baker had been fired from his position as Twitter’s deputy general counsel due to “concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue.”
On Wednesday, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who was CEO of Twitter at the time of the cover-up, posted a message on the social media platform asking Musk to release all of the company’s internal files to the public in the name of “transparency.”
“If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions?” asked Dorsey. “Make everything public now.”
Musk replied to Dorsey’s call to action, saying, “Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released.”
Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 7, 2022