Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, announced on Monday that the ‘Twitter Files,’ which will reveal the company’s internal files on the suspension of free speech on the microblogging site, will be published soon.
“The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened,” Musk tweeted.
Prior to the 2020 US Presidential elections, a Twitter user had urged Musk to make internal information about a New York Post report on US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s laptop public. Days later, Musk responded with a tweet.
As a user tweeted, “Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.” In response, Musk tweeted back, “This is necessary to restore public trust.”
The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
As per the New York Post report, just weeks before a presidential election. Hunter Biden dropped off his laptop in April 2019 at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware. However, at the time, current and former national security officials claimed that the Biden story was likely Russian disinformation and a veiled attempt by Moscow to meddle in US elections. Twitter and other social media platforms also took action to stop the story from spreading.
The laptop’s contents and messages, including information about international business projects Hunter Biden, worked on in Ukraine, China, and other countries, have been validated by media publications like The Washington Examiner, CBS News, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Users were forbidden from sharing the story’s link or sending it directly to other users. Twitter claimed that the story breached its policies against “hacked content” even though there was no proof that the files had been obtained through hacking. Aside from locking the Post’s account for weeks. As The Post’s piece was initially prohibited by Twitter from being shared online.
In taking action against the Post over its Biden laptop story, Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted that Twitter made a mistake.
In testimony to Congress in November 2020, Dorsey stated:
“We were called here today because of an enforcement decision we made against the New York Post based on a policy we created in 2018 to prevent Twitter from being used to spread hacked materials. This resulted in us blocking people from sharing a New York Post article publicly or privately.
“We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread. Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours,” said Dorsey.