Elon Musk has made us a promise and he's now keeping it. The company's new CEO has published the first of a series of threads which will eventually be dubbed “The Twitter Files.” The details were provided to a journalist, Matt Taibbi, who has been sharing the information on the site in a long thread.
The initial part of the report explains how the company incorporated tools to build “barriers” to accessing the platform. They were initially created to “combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters,” according to Taibbi.
Then the staff and management discovered new ways to make use of software for moderation of content. In this moment, “[o]utsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: First a little, then more often, then constantly.”
At some point, politicians like former president Donald Trump and the Biden campaign started to make requests for the moderation of content. But, in general, this system wasn't “balanced” and was “based on contacts.” Because Twitter was “overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation,” those who are left-leaning were in a position of advantage.
Then, in the thread, Taibbi begins to tell the details of Twitter's denial of Hunter Biden's story.
The reporter noted that the firm “took extraordinary steps to suppress the story,” that comprised “removing links,” “posting warnings that it may be ‘unsafe,'” and prohibiting it from being shared via direct messages. The most interesting thing about this particular part of the report is the fact that these measures are usually used in extreme instances such as the case of child pornography.”
Taibbi's post details the exchanges that took place between Twitter's employees, which expressed concerns over the suppression of the report. It's worth noting that the CEO at the time, Jack Dorsey, knew nothing about the suppression of the report. In fact, one employee said that his colleagues “just freelanced it” and acknowledged the fact that “[h]acking was the excuse, but within a few hours, pretty much everyone realized that [excuse] wasn't going to hold.”
But, as time progressed and the people responsible for media censorship became so involved in the process, it was hard to change course. Through the time of the scandal, Gadde as well as other leadership members met with various officials of the government. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) expressed concerns about freedom of speech during emails exchanged with the former head of the department of legal and policy Vijaya GaddeGadde. He said “the story has become more about censorship than relatively innocuous emails and it's become a bigger deal than it would have been.”
Taibbi has more details to release. However, even the initial announcement is shocking enough. Although Democrats and the media that promote activism will likely attempt to make this story as difficult as they can, it is evident that the revelations prove the conservative positions for years. It was not about “hacked materials” but about trying to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.