Independent journalist Bari Weiss uncovered on Thursday how Twitter used blacklists to restrict the visibility of tweets by conservative users in the latest disclosure of the social media giant’s internal operations.
According to Weiss, right-wing talk show host Dan Bongino, Stanford University’s anti-COVID lockdown advocate, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, and conservative activist Charlie Kirk among the users who should be oppressed by Twitter.
Weiss’ tweets followed Friday’s bombastic revelations by independent journalist Matt Taibbi, whose Twitter posts were promoted by new company owner Elon Musk as “what really happened to the Twitter oppression story of Hunter Biden.”
Taibbi said his reporting uncovered the “extraordinary steps” Twitter took in response to The Post’s blockbuster report on Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop in October 2020, including “removing links and posting warnings that it could be ‘unsafe'”.
“They even blocked direct messaging, a tool previously reserved for extreme cases such as child pornography,” he wrote.
Taibbi said the decision was made behind the back of Twitter founder and then-CEO Jack Dorsey, with former general counsel Vijaya Gadde — who was reportedly fired by Musk when he took office in October — “playing a key role.” .
Undated internal company news showed Gadde and others discussing how the company would cite concerns the story was based on “hacked footage,” despite having no evidence to support that notion.
Find out about Twitter’s censorship of Hunter Biden’s laptop story in The Post
A former employee reportedly told Taibbi that “everybody knew that was damn”.
But the “company’s response was to essentially side with … error,” Taibbi said.
In addition to suppressing the story, Twitter also suspended The Post from its main Twitter account after requesting the removal of six tweets – which The Post denied.
After a two-week standoff sparked outrage on Twitter, the social media giant relented and unbanned the account, saying it was revising its “hacked materials policy” and “updating our practice of not retroactively rescinding previous enforcements.”
Last week, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety, admitted during an interview that suppressing The Post’s coverage was wrong, saying that “it hasn’t reached a point for me where I can read this content easily removed from Twitter”.
And on Tuesday, Musk announced that he had fired Twitter Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker, a controversial former top FBI attorney, for his “possible role in suppressing information important to public dialogue.” .
Musk said he asked Baker about Twitter’s reaction to the laptop story and found his answers “unconvincing.”
Taibbi also tweeted Tuesday that Baker was behind the delay in releasing his “Twitter Files” tweets on Friday because he “reviewed” the underlying material “without the knowledge of new management.”
Taibbi said Weiss uncovered Baker’s involvement when she learned “that the person responsible for declassifying the files was someone named Jim.”
“When she called to ask for ‘Jim’s’ last name, the answer came back: ‘Jim Baker,'” Taibbi wrote.
“‘My jaw hit the floor,’ says Weiss.”
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https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/suppression-of-right-wing-users-exposed-in-latest-twitter-files/ Suppression of right-wing users exposed in recent “Twitter Files”.