The CEO of Twitter, Elon Musktried to generate great expectation with a unique revelation related to company files and documents, which would show “what really happened” behind the scenes when former executives decided temporarily suppress a history of New York Post in 2020 about Hunter Biden shortly before the 2020 election.
But instead of publishing private documents that support what he had previously announced, Musk limited himself to showing a series of tweets from the journalist. Matt Taibbi, to whom information had already been provided – and what Twitter executives themselves have detailed in the last two years – that corroborated what, broadly speaking, had been commented on the incident.
“What you are about to read is the first installment in a series, based on thousands of internal documents obtained by Twitter sources,” Taibbi said. However, the published files showed what has already been documented: Twitter removed links to the Post story and Hunter Biden’s laptop files and scrambled to figure out how to react to the shocking revelation of the Post’s file leak. son of a presidential candidate.
The bird’s social network decided to remove the option for the story to appear in its recommendation algorithms, but then outright banned links to the post under its policy on distributing pirated materials.
“It had nothing to do with the content, but with the pirated materials policy,” Dorsey explained during the hearing in 2021. “We had an incorrect interpretation. We do not write company policy with any particular bias. If we find any of that, we write it down.”
Yoel Rotha former Twitter trust and security chief who resigned this month, also called Twitter’s management a mistake in the Post story during an interview.
“We didn’t know what to believe, we didn’t know what was true, there was smoke,” Roth said after leaving the company. “Everything seemed like a hack, a leak”, like the one carried out by Russian intelligence in the 2016 presidential elections.
The Taibbi and Musk “Twitter Files” appeared to add little information beyond what former executives have said on the subject.
Twitter blocked distribution of the Post story not only in posts, but also in direct messages. According to Taibbi, this blocking was done using “a tool until now reserved for extreme cases, for example, child pornography.” But, such a tool has been used to block other sources of prohibited content, including the URL for Distributed Denial of Secrets, which shares hacked documents with journalists, as well as the Newsroom for American and European Based Citizens.
In the examples that Taibbi detailed as erroneously removed content, the Substack blogger cited a series of tweets that contained unauthorized intimate images of the former vice president’s son, commonly referred to as “revenge porn.”
Faced with the revelations already known to all, some former Twitter employees reacted mostly with yawns.
“It’s nice to land and read the Twitter archives only to discover that there are none (…)”, one of them joked with the magazine rolling stones.
The prominent content was a series of emails that Hunter Biden would have sent to a group of Ukrainian businessmen in the energy sector so that they could meet his father, when he was vice president of the United States.
In addition, the computer also contained Hunter Biden sexually explicit material and some images in which he appears consuming alleged drugs.
The material was not fully verified, but analysts consulted by media such as The Washington Post they considered that there was a high probability that the material was real.
(With information from Rolling Stone)
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