Musk Accuses Government of Masterminding Suppression at Twitter

Musk Accuses Government of Masterminding Suppression at Twitter

( – The New York Post ran a bombshell story a few weeks before the 2020 presidential election, implicating candidate Joe Biden in his son Hunter’s schemes to protect business assets while the elder Biden served as vice president. Information copied from a hard drive of an abandoned laptop allegedly left by the younger Biden at a computer repair shop in Deleware formed the basis of the story. Yet, major social media platforms suppressed the story upon publication. New Twitter owner Elon Musk is suggesting that any government involvement in the affair amounts to the suppression of free speech.

On Friday, December 2, Musk, with the help of investigative journalists, released the first installment of a series he calls “The Twitter Files,” detailing why the platform suppressed the laptop story; a supplemental post was also made on Tuesday. In response to reactions to the first installment, Musk wrote that acting on its own, Twitter’s elimination of posts wasn’t a violation of the First Amendment, “but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is.”

Many people have taken Musk’s tweet as an accusation of direct government involvement. According to an exclusive report from Miranda Devine of the New York Post, the FBI warned Twitter and other social media platforms in early October 2020 of potential “hack and leak” operations undertaken by other nations and involving Hunter Biden.

Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of Trust & Safety, swore in an affidavit to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in December 2020 that the Post story conformed closely to what the FBI had warned the company about, prompting their action.

So, did the FBI’s warning serve as an order with “no judicial review,” or did Twitter act on its own? Future installments of the Twitter Files may shed more light on that. We’ll keep you posted.

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