Twitter’s censorship of Hunter Biden laptop reports by the New York Post before the 2020 election may be publicly revealed soon.
“Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency,” said one Twitter user Wednesday.
Twitter’s new owner did not hide behind teams of publicists and attorneys, nor did he take long to chime in.
“This is necessary to restore public trust,” Musk replied in a Twitter post within an hour of the original post.
His position is nothing new because he had spoken against the social media company’s treatment of the New York Post’s reporting.
Twitter claimed at the time that the New York Post article was blocked partly because it had a policy of not sharing what might be hacked material, according to a Politico report. That policy was modified soon after, company representatives said, because it may otherwise have interfered with legitimate journalism.
Earlier this year, podcaster Saagar Enjeti discussed the social media platform’s censorship czar.
“Vijaya Gadde, the top censorship advocate at Twitter who famously gaslit the world on Joe Rogan’s podcast and censored the Hunter Biden laptop story, is very upset about the @elonmusk takeover,” Enjeti remarked in an April Twitter post.
Musk responded to the controversy weeks after offering to buy Twitter. He did not complete his $44 billion of the San Francisco-based company until late October.
“Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate,” Musk remarked in a response to Enjeti’s comments.
The New York tabloid’s October 2020 bombshell report seemed like a proverbial October surprise that could affect the election. Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook obviously agreed as the reports were either blocked outright or were given limited exposure.
In the report, a damning email details how then-Vice President Joe Biden was introduced to a Ukrainian energy firm’s top executive by his son Hunter. The meeting outlined in an email on the laptop occurred less than one year before the then-VP pressured Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor investigating the energy company.
Burisma adviser Vadym Pozharskyi mentioned the previously unknown meeting in a message of appreciation that was sent to Hunter Biden April 17, 2015, the Post report claimed. That date was approximately one year after the then-VP’s son received a $50,000 per month appointment to Burisma’s Board of Directors.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reportedly reads.
Many personally damaging materials about Hunter Biden were also allegedly contained in the laptop’s memory, which the Post shared.
The reports were falsely termed “Russian disinformation” at the time by many media outlets after more than 50 former senior intelligence officials signed a letter saying just that. Reports earlier this year from legacy media outlets like the Washington Post and The New York Times admitted much of the laptop material was determined to be genuine.
Former President Donald Trump vented outrage over what he perceived as censorship designed to benefit Joe Biden, his Democratic opponent in the 2020 general election.
“So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of “Smoking Gun” emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost,” the 45th president proclaimed. “It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician.”
“REPEAL SECTION 230!!!” he concluded, referring to a section of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that shields Internet companies from liability for acts of others.
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