By Ramishah Maruf, CNN
Twitter proprietor Elon Musk spoke out on Saturday night concerning the so-called “Twitter Information,” a protracted tweet thread posted by journalist Matt Taibbi, who had been supplied with particulars about behind-the-scenes discussions on Twitter’s content material moderation decision-making, together with the decision to suppress a 2020 New York Submit story about Hunter Biden and his laptop computer.
Throughout a two-hour lengthy Twitter Areas session, Musk stated a second “Twitter Information” drop will once more contain Taibbi, together with journalist Bari Weiss, however didn’t give an actual date for when that may be launched.
Musk — who claims to haven’t learn the launched recordsdata himself — stated the impetus for the unique tweet thread was about what occurred within the run-up to the 2020 presidential election and “how a lot authorities affect was there.”
Taibbi’s thread reaffirmed how, within the preliminary hours after the Submit story about Hunter Biden went dwell, Twitter workers grappled with fears that it might have been the results of a Russian hacking operation. It confirmed workers on a number of Twitter groups debating over whether or not to limit the article below the corporate’s hacked supplies coverage, weeks earlier than the 2020 election.
Whereas some questioned the idea for the choice, others inside the firm stated the circumstances surrounding the story had been unclear and really helpful warning, based on screenshots of inside communications shared by Taibbi.
Musk on Saturday additionally criticized the mainstream media for downplaying the “Twitter Information” launch, whereas accusing information organizations — significantly the New York Instances, the Wall Avenue Journal and the Washington Submit — of “setting agendas.”
He additionally alleged that information organizations, social media corporations and universities suppress free speech.
In the course of the wide-ranging session, Musk spoke on many different subjects, together with that US residents, not the federal government, ought to have the ability to determine the destiny of Edward Snowden, the previous CIA contractor who leaked intelligence secrets and techniques in 2013.
Musk additionally stated Twitter ought to program and monetize native lengthy audio and video posting. He additionally talked about that he met disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried in March, and that his “BS meter went off,” whereas doubling down on his declare that Twitter by no means took funding from Bankman-Fried nor FTX.
Bankman-Fried advised Axios final week that he isn’t positive of what occurred to the $100 million stake his Alameda Analysis buying and selling automobile owned in Twitter. He’s quoted as saying that a number of the funding might have been offered earlier than Twitter went non-public in October, however he wasn’t positive.
Musk additionally stated that Twitter will roll out its new account verifications inside the subsequent week, which had been halted.
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