A day after Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO, and journalist Matt Taibbi published a bombastic report on political censorship on Twitter, Musk said there were “more gun smoke” he plans to reveal in the future.
He said he hopes it will force the mainstream media to commit more to the truth by showing how Twitter has worked to suppress information – as it did when The Post was exposed on Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020 was the case.
“We’re just going to release all the information and try to get a clean slate, we’re going to get better iteratively, and it’s going to force other media outlets to be more honest as well, or they’re going to lose their readership,” Musk said in a live Q&A. Answer session on Twitter Space attended by tens of thousands of users.
On Friday, Taibbi released a shocking set of internal filings showing that Democrat insiders used Twitter to quash the Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Musk said Saturday that he believes there are “more guns smokes” on Twitter that he wants to share with the public – but said it’s not clear when the information will be released.
However, he noted that he “didn’t personally porion over the Twitter files,” he said, leaving it to Taibbi and journalist Bari Weiss to do.
Though Musk did not review the documents himself, he said on Twitter that “a very different standard seems to apply to Republican candidates in the US than to Democratic candidates.”
“I’m not saying that’s definitely the case. There seems to have been a double standard where Democrats weren’t censored… and Republicans were and were, and I think that’s frankly obvious to anyone who uses Twitter.
“That’s honestly the behavior you would expect from a San Francisco-based organization that’s on the far left,” he said, noting that Twitter’s political posts were over 99% Democratic.
“Well then, what kind of viewpoint would you expect from people? It is the behavior you would expect from a company that is essentially a distillation of San Francisco politics.”
Twitter’s former chief censor, Vijaya Gadde, will face scrutiny by the Judiciary Committee when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January – as the fallout from the first episode of Musk’s findings on Twitter’s political favoritism and censorship continues to mount.
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“We are following Vijaya Gadde’s role in suppressing the New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop,” a spokesman for the committee told the Post on Saturday. “We definitely plan to investigate this further. Stay tuned.”
Gadde, 48, a former head of legal, political and trust at Twitter, played a “key role” in suppressing The Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden, Taibbi wrote after reviewing the social media company’s internal communications for a report, which he dubbed “The Twitter Files.”
The ex-executive, who was also instrumental in the company’s decision to ban former President Trump from the platform, was fired by Musk in October shortly after he bought the company for $44 billion.
Gadde — who snagged an influential administrative post on an advisory committee for the Department of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security at the Department of Homeland Security while still a Twitter employee — reportedly made $17 million in 2021.
Musk was pleased with the traffic Taibbi’s Friday delivery of documents was generating for his newly acquired website.
“Twitter servers are running at Warp 9!!” he cheered early Saturday.
Taibbi’s report revealed that a small group of senior executives called the Post’s story about then-candidate Joe Biden’s son “hacked material” without any evidence — and repeatedly bowed to Democrats’ calls for all discussions of the explosives to be removed from the report site.
According to Taibbi, the social media company “took extraordinary steps to suppress the laptop story,” removing links to the exposé shared by users, and posted warnings that it might be “unsafe.”
In other news:
- Mainstream journalists — in lockstep with Democratic strategists — branded Taibbi a “sad” “scam” for working with Musk to bolster the internal documents. “Sell Your Soul for the World’s Richest White Nationalist,” Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali posted. “Matt Taibbi was and still is a scammer” wrote The pollster Matt McDermott.
- Both the New York Times and the Washington Post have so far refused to cover the Twitter firestorm, earning Musk’s wrath. “The New York Times has become an unregistered lobbying firm for far-left politicians by any measure.” Musk wrote on Twitter for radio host Clay Travis pointed out the glaring absence from the websites of the two newspapers.
- Angry Republicans have blasted party censorship on Twitter. “Leftists hate your freedom” tweeted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who compared their repression to that of the Chinese Communist Party. “They want to silence any dissent.” Meanwhile, tech investor and GOP donor Peter Thiel hailed the report. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant!” Thiel told the Post.
- Actor James Woods, who Taibbi said was targeted for Twitter censorship at the behest of the Democratic National Committee, has threatened to pursue a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and the DNC. “How would you like to fund a class action lawsuit for those who have been oppressed?” Forest asked Musk in a tweet who thanked the billionaire for releasing the documents. “I like being the lead plaintiff.”
- Twitter may also have interfered in another national election, Musk said: the October 30 campaign in Brazil, in which left-wing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ousted far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. “It’s possible Twitter staff may have given preference to left-wing candidates,” Musk tweeted early Saturday in response to a user asking him to find out if the platform had meddled in another nation’s politics.
- French President Emmanuel Macron met with Musk late Friday while touring New Orleans and urged him to increase moderation of Twitter content. “We will work with Twitter to improve the protection of children online,” Macron posted. “Elon Musk confirmed it to me today. Let’s better protect our children online.”
Musk, 51, the richest man in the world, bought Twitter last month to turn it into a free speech paradise.
Musk has insisted that the company’s controversial decision to block the Post’s bombshell report on President Biden’s son ahead of the 2020 election must be fully disclosed — and has been teasing the release of the internal files for days.
After Musk’s blockbuster takeover of Twitter, top advertisers fled the site and destroyed the company’s revenue. On Saturday, Musk confirmed, among other things, that Apple — the platform’s historically and currently largest advertiser — has returned.
“I think we’re starting to see a lot of other advertisers restarting spending as well,” Musk said in the Twitter Space Q&A. “I think the problem is that they read all these stories in the media and then they think they’re true and they’re not true.”
Musk said advertisers are returning as “it’s becoming clear that the media stories about Twitter being some sort of right-wing hellscape, which it absolutely isn’t,” are unfounded, adding that he’s “cautiously optimistic about the future.” “ be company.
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