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

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

Musk made the claim in a two-hour wide audio chat on Twitter Spaces on Saturday night, a day after the release of internal files related to Twitter’s October 2020 ban on initial reports of computer content. laptop.

“If Twitter is following a team’s orders before an election, silencing dissenting voices in a critical election, that’s the definition of election interference,” Musk said.

“Frankly, Twitter was acting as an arm of the Democratic National Committee, it was absurd,” added the billionaire, who has been highly critical of the past management of the company he bought five weeks ago.

In the audio chat, Musk also claimed that Apple had “fully resumed” advertising on Twitter following a withdrawal, and said it banned Kanye West for “incitement to violence” over a tweet that featured a Nazi swastika.

Elon Musk has claimed that Twitter's censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal amounted to interference in the 2020 election

Elon Musk has claimed that Twitter’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal amounted to interference in the 2020 election

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

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

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

Much of the conversation was devoted to the so-called ‘Twitter Files’, a selection of internal documents released by journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday night.

The documents included internal emails from Twitter that appeared to show employees deleting tweets featuring nude Hunter Biden at the behest of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

However, Taibbi himself said the files contained “no evidence, that I have seen” that the Biden campaign had a role in suppressing the New York Post story on Hunter’s business dealings, which was controversially banned. On twitter.

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

Musk said he had given journalists “unrestricted access” to old internal documents, and did not guide or control how they were disclosed or reported.

“This is not a North Korean tour guide situation, you can go where you want, when you want, how you want,” he said. “I’m not controlling the narrative.”

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

Matt Tabi

Matt Tabi

Bari Weiss

Bari Weiss

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

Taking part in the chat, former Trump administration official Sebastian Gorka asked if there was any evidence of actual government interference in Twitter moderation, since the documents released only showed requests from the Biden campaign.

Musk did not directly respond to the question, admitting: “I haven’t read the Twitter archives, so my understanding is limited.”

Musk also said he thought it was “possible” that staff at the social media company would give preference to left-wing candidates during this year’s Brazilian elections, without providing evidence.

Musk completed his takeover of Twitter on October 27, just days before Brazil’s presidential runoff, when far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro was defeated by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

“I have seen many concerning tweets about the recent elections in Brazil,” Musk wrote on Twitter when asked by a user about the elections possibly “managed” by the company’s previous management.

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

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

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

“If those tweets are accurate, Twitter staff may have given preference to left-wing candidates,” the billionaire added.

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

‘With Kanye it’s obviously a tough subject, but that was a case where it was my call. I think it’s important that people know that that was my decision,” he said.

West was barred from posting an image of a swastika inside a Star of David, a Jewish religious symbol, something Musk said he viewed as “incitement to violence.”

“I personally wanted to hit Kanye, so he definitely incites me to violence, so that’s not cool,” he said.

Musk said that context was important and that a swastika in a historical context, such as World War II history, would not necessarily be offensive in the same way.

Meanwhile, it emerged on Saturday that tweets that were removed at the request of the DNC and the Biden campaign appeared to focus 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 staff were asked to “review” five tweets deemed problematic by “the Biden team”.

Above is one of the deleted tweets at the request of the Biden campaign.  The original image, which showed Hunter Biden naked from the waist down, has been cropped above

Above is one of the deleted tweets at the request of the Biden campaign.  The original image, which showed Hunter Biden naked from the waist down, has been cropped above

Above is one of the deleted tweets at the request of the Biden campaign. The original image, which showed Hunter Biden naked from the waist down, has been cropped above

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

The same day, another email reveals that there was an additional complaint from the DNC and two more tweets were removed.

However, it is not clear from the leaked emails what the deleted tweets were about. Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Andrew Kerr said he had discovered the content of several of the tweets.

He said three of the tweets that the Biden camp demanded be removed contained “Hunter Biden porn” and photos of Biden’s genitals, from the laptop.

He claims that one of the tweets requested to be deleted by the DNC was by actor James Woods and portrayed Hunter smoking crack and committing 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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