Twitter took 'extraordinary steps to suppress Hunter Biden laptop story,' according to leaked emails

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By stefan armitage

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After days of teasing a huge announcement, Elon Musk has shared the first "Twitter files" to reveal "what really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression".

Earlier this week, the 51-year-old business magnate - who acquired the social media platform in a historic $44 billion takeover in October - took to Twitter to hype a massive bombshell regarding the New York Post's 2020 story on Hunter Biden and his laptop.

In the publication's own words: "In October 2020, the New York Post exclusively revealed the existence of Hunter Biden’s emails after being given a copy of the hard drive from a damaged MacBook Pro laptop that the owner of a repair shop in the Biden family’s hometown of Wilmington, Del., said was dropped off in April 2019 and never retrieved."

The exposé was later acknowledged in major news outlets such as The Washington Post and The New York Times.

On November 28, Musk - who has made several major changes at Twitter since his takeover - tweeted the following message to his followers: "The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened…"

And on Friday, he further teased the announcement, writing: "What really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression by Twitter will be published on Twitter at 5pm ET!"

Sure enough, Musk would later share a Twitter thread penned by independent journalist Matt Taibbi.

In his tweets, Taibbi explained that the information he was sharing was "based upon thousands of internal documents obtained by sources at Twitter."

Despite praising Twitter's concept as "a brilliant tool for enabling instant mass communication", Taibbi revealed that its designers were soon forced to implement "barriers" to control speech - which were initially used to "combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters."

"Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools," Taibbi writes. "Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly."

Taibbi then claimed that "celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed [from the platform] or reviewed at the behest of a political party."

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The journalist then discussed the breaking of the Hunter Biden Laptop Story, writing: "Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be 'unsafe'."

Despite claiming that decisions to suppress the story were made "at the highest levels of the company", Taibbi did stress that there is no evidence "of any government involvement in the laptop story" or from previous Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Throughout his thread, Taibbi would include screenshots of alleged emails between Twitter employees discussing the suppression of links regarding the laptop story.

All in all, Taibbi's thread consisted of over two-dozen tweets - all of which can be seen below:

And if all that wasn't exciting enough, Musk has promised even more:

Featured image credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Twitter took 'extraordinary steps to suppress Hunter Biden laptop story,' according to leaked emails

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

After days of teasing a huge announcement, Elon Musk has shared the first "Twitter files" to reveal "what really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression".

Earlier this week, the 51-year-old business magnate - who acquired the social media platform in a historic $44 billion takeover in October - took to Twitter to hype a massive bombshell regarding the New York Post's 2020 story on Hunter Biden and his laptop.

In the publication's own words: "In October 2020, the New York Post exclusively revealed the existence of Hunter Biden’s emails after being given a copy of the hard drive from a damaged MacBook Pro laptop that the owner of a repair shop in the Biden family’s hometown of Wilmington, Del., said was dropped off in April 2019 and never retrieved."

The exposé was later acknowledged in major news outlets such as The Washington Post and The New York Times.

On November 28, Musk - who has made several major changes at Twitter since his takeover - tweeted the following message to his followers: "The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened…"

And on Friday, he further teased the announcement, writing: "What really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression by Twitter will be published on Twitter at 5pm ET!"

Sure enough, Musk would later share a Twitter thread penned by independent journalist Matt Taibbi.

In his tweets, Taibbi explained that the information he was sharing was "based upon thousands of internal documents obtained by sources at Twitter."

Despite praising Twitter's concept as "a brilliant tool for enabling instant mass communication", Taibbi revealed that its designers were soon forced to implement "barriers" to control speech - which were initially used to "combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters."

"Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools," Taibbi writes. "Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly."

Taibbi then claimed that "celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed [from the platform] or reviewed at the behest of a political party."

size-large wp-image-1263181560
Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

The journalist then discussed the breaking of the Hunter Biden Laptop Story, writing: "Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be 'unsafe'."

Despite claiming that decisions to suppress the story were made "at the highest levels of the company", Taibbi did stress that there is no evidence "of any government involvement in the laptop story" or from previous Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Throughout his thread, Taibbi would include screenshots of alleged emails between Twitter employees discussing the suppression of links regarding the laptop story.

All in all, Taibbi's thread consisted of over two-dozen tweets - all of which can be seen below:

And if all that wasn't exciting enough, Musk has promised even more:

Featured image credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy