The ‘Twitter Files: Part One’ documenting how the Hunter Biden-laptop story was suppressed by the social media platform during the final week of the 2020 US Presidential elections has now been made public by Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
Author and journalist Matt Taibbi provided a comprehensive explanation of the results in a series of tweets on Saturday. The messages show how fervently Twitter sought to suppress the story while it was being requested by both Democrats and Republicans.
Taibbi begins by defining “Twitter Files” and outlining how Twitter’s internal operations evolved over time.
“The “Twitter Files” tell an incredible story from inside one of the world’s largest and most influential social media platforms. It is a Frankensteinian tale of a human-built mechanism grown out the control of its designer,” he said.
He added, “In an early conception, Twitter more than lived up to its mission statement, giving people “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers. Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools. Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly.”
5. In an early conception, Twitter more than lived up to its mission statement, giving people “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 2, 2022
He continued by describing how Twitter in 2020 got requests from the Biden campaign to remove posts that would get a reply: “Handled.”
The thread shows how everything was carried out without the knowledge of the former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and without the former head of legal Vijaya Gadde “playing a crucial part.”
Musk imitated Twitter’s response to one of the delete request messages sent to the Biden team by writing “Handled” in a tweet in response to all of the revelations.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2022
Discovered in “Twitter Files, Part One: How and Why Twitter Blocked the Hunter Biden Laptop Story,” read the conclusion below.
According to Taibbi, Twitter took exceptional measures to bury the news after the New York Post published an expose titled “BIDEN SECRET EMAILS” on October 14, 2020, based on the information found on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.
“Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.” They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g., child pornography,” Taibbi said.