New Twitter owner Elon Musk has revealed that some important data regarding how the social media platform has been suppressing free speech was hidden from previous Twitter bosses and may even have been deleted.
As part of Musk’s effort to be transparent about Twitter’s past role in suppressing free speech on the internet, he has been releasing the platform’s internal communications on the matter, which he has dubbed the “Twitter Files.” Unfortunately, some crucial documents may have been hidden or even deleted permanently.
Musk made this revelation in response to a question raised by Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey regarding the speed at which the files were being released.
“If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions? Make everything public now,” said Dorsey in a post on his Twitter account.
Dorsey was responding to a series of posts by Musk telling his followers to expect “Episode 2 of The Twitter Files” very soon. He then responded to Dorsey by noting that key data may have been hidden and possibly scrubbed.
“Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released,” wrote Musk.
Twitter censorship of Hunter Brandon laptop story reveals how files may be hidden from top executives
Musk first talked about releasing Twitter’s internal files regarding its role in suppressing free speech in late November. Days after this announcement, Musk followed through on this promise by lifting the lid on the social media platform’s machinations regarding censorship.
The first file drop proved that Twitter managers attempted to block the spread of the Hunter Brandon laptop story. They marked viral tweets regarding the story as “unsafe,” limiting their spread and even blocking them from being directly shared via Twitter’s direct message function.
Investigative reporter Matt Taibbi, who conducted a deep dive on the files released by Twitter, noted that these kinds of extreme restrictions were normally reserved for illegal content posted on the site, such as child pornography.
At the time, Twitter content moderators claimed reports regarding Hunter Brandon’s laptop violated site policy on sharing hacked materials. It was later revealed that the presidential son’s laptop wasn’t hacked, but simply abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware.
Musk has been teasing a second drop of disclosures from Twitter regarding its role in suppressing free speech on the platform. Initially slated for a Dec. 4 release, Musk updated his followers by saying that it will take several more days to compile all of the relevant data.
The hidden and deleted files, as he previously mentioned, have affected the timing of the release of subsequent episodes. (Related: Elon Musk promises to reveal “more smoking guns” after exposing Twitter’s suppression of Hunter Brandon laptop story.)
Part of the delay was former Twitter Deputy General Counsel and former Federal Bureau of Investigation General Counsel Jim Baker, who heavily vetted what information Musk released in the first batch of the files without his knowledge. He was later fired for his actions.
Learn more about how social media platforms suppress free speech at SpeechPolice.news.
Watch this clip from Fox News reporting on how Musk believes he will receive backlash from the government over the Twitter file dump.
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