Elon Musk says Twitter’s actions were ‘the definition of election meddling’

Elon Musk has claimed that Twitter’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal amounts to meddling in the 2020 election.

Musk made the claim during an extensive two-hour audio chat on Twitter Spaces on Saturday night, a day after the release of internal files related to Twitter’s October 2020 ban on initially reporting portable content. .

“If Twitter bids for a team before an election and drowns out dissenting voices in a crucial election, that’s the definition of election meddling,” Musk said.

“Frankly, Twitter was acting like an arm of the Democratic National Committee, it was rubbish,” added the billionaire, who was highly critical of the previous management of the company he bought five weeks ago.

In the audio chat, Musk also claimed that Apple had ‘fully resumed’ advertising on Twitter after a takedown, and said it had banned Kanye West for ‘inciting violence’ for a tweet showing a Nazi swastika. .

Elon Musk claimed Twitter’s censorship of Hunter Biden laptop scandal amounted to meddling in 2020 election

Musk made the claim in a wide-ranging two-hour audio chat on Twitter Spaces on Saturday night, a day after the October 2020 internal files were released.

Musk made the claim in a wide-ranging two-hour audio chat on Twitter Spaces on Saturday night, a day after the October 2020 internal files were released.

A large part of the conversation was devoted to the so-called “Twitter files”, a selection of internal documents published by the journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday night.

The documents included internal Twitter emails that appear to show staffers deleting tweets showing a nude Hunter Biden at the behest of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and the DNC.

But Taibbi himself said the files contained “no evidence — that I’ve seen” that the Biden campaign played a role in suppressing the New York Post story about Hunter’s business dealings, which was controversially banned on Twitter.

Musk said in the chat Saturday that in addition to Taibbi, he gave the files to Bari Weiss.

Musk said he gave reporters “unfettered access” to old internal documents and did not guide or control how they were revealed or reported.

“It’s not a tour guide situation in North Korea, you can go where you want, when you want, how you want,” he said. “I don’t control the narrative.”

“It’s just obvious that there’s been a lot of information control, information suppression, including things that influenced the election, and everything has to be… you just want things down there,” he said.

Matt Taibi

Barry Weiss

Musk said in the chat Saturday that in addition to Matt Taibbi (left), he gave the files to journalist Bari Weiss (right)

Joining the chat, former Trump administration official Sebastian Gorka asked if there was evidence of actual government interference in moderating Twitter, as the released documents only showed the demands of the Biden campaign.

Musk did not directly answer the question, admitting, “I haven’t read the Twitter files, so my understanding is limited.”

Musk also said he believed it was “possible” that staff at the social media company favored leftist candidates in elections in Brazil this year, without providing evidence.

Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter on October 27, just days before the second round of Brazil’s presidential election, when right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro lost to left-wing Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

“I’ve seen a lot of disturbing tweets about the recent election in Brazil,” Musk wrote on Twitter when asked by a user that the election may have been “manipulated” by the company’s former management.

Weeks before the October 2020 election, Twitter blocked the sharing of a story about Hunter Biden's international business dealings based on emails from his laptop

Weeks before the October 2020 election, Twitter blocked the sharing of a story about Hunter Biden’s international business dealings based on emails from his laptop

“If these tweets are accurate, Twitter employees may have favored left-leaning candidates,” the billionaire added.

Separately, Musk also addressed his decision to ban Kanye West from Twitter again this week, following the rapper’s latest anti-Semitic outburst.

“With Kanye it is of course a difficult subject, but it was a matter where it was my decision. I think it’s important that people know that it was my decision,” he said.

West was banned for posting a picture of a swastika in a Star of David, a Jewish religious symbol, which Musk said he considered “incitement to violence”.

“I would personally punch Kanye, so it definitely incites me to violence, so it’s not cool,” he said.

Musk said that context is important and that a swastika in a historical context, like a World War II story, wouldn’t necessarily be offensive in the same way.

Meanwhile, it emerged Saturday that the tweets, which were deleted at the request of the DNC campaign and Biden, appeared to center on pornographic images of Hunter Biden.

In one such email, sent ten days after the New York Post first broke the laptop story on October 14 of that year, Twitter employees were asked to “investigate” five tweets deemed problematic by “The Biden Team”.

One of the tweets that was deleted at the request of the Biden campaign is seen above.  The original photo, which showed Hunter Biden naked from the waist down, has been cropped above

One of the tweets that was deleted at the request of the Biden campaign is seen above. The original photo, which showed Hunter Biden naked from the waist down, has been cropped above

“More to review from the Biden team,” read the redacted correspondence from that staffer — and received a response hours later from another Twitter staffer — a response that assured the worker that the task had been “handled.”

Same day, another email reveals there was an additional DNC complaint and two more tweets were deleted.

However, it is unclear from the leaked emails what the deleted tweets were about. Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Andrew Kerr said he uncovered the content of several of the tweets.

He said three of the tweets that Biden’s camp had demanded be removed contained “Hunter Biden porn” and pictures of Biden’s genitalia taken from the laptop.

He claims that one of the tweets requested to be removed by the DNC was by actor James Woods and portrays Hunter smoking crack and performing a sexual act.

And he says the second tweet was a link to Hunter Biden weighing and using drugs, and another link to a Hunter Biden sex tape.

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