Elon Musk has insisted that full disclosure of Twitter’s decision to censor The Post’s exclusive story about Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop is ‘necessary’ in order to restore public trust in the media giant social.
The world’s richest man, who bought the platform last month, made his position clear on Wednesday evening when responding to a Twitter user who asked if the internal communications that led to the censorship decision were to be published.
“Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should go public with all internal discussions about the decision to censor @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 election in the interest of transparency,” tweeted the user.
Twitter’s new CEO was quick to respond, “It’s necessary to restore public trust.”
Musk’s tweet had been retweeted more than 12,900 times and received more than 153,000 likes by Thursday afternoon.
Before his $44 billion takeover, Musk had already weighed in on The Post’s debacle against Twitter – insisting in April that the platform’s decision was “obviously incredibly inappropriate”.
The company did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on Thursday.
Twitter, along with Facebook, took extraordinary censorship action against The Post when it first published its bombshell expose of the trove of emails discovered on Hunter’s laptop in October 2020.
The platform, then led by CEO Jack Dorsey, banned users from sharing the article – and also locked The Post to its Twitter account for more than two weeks due to baseless allegations that the report used pirated information.
Dorsey was forced to admit at a Congressional hearing on disinformation and social media in March last year that blocking the Post’s report weeks before the presidential election was a “total mistake” – but he refrained from revealing who was responsible for the blunder.
He also added that the decision to block The Post’s access to its own Twitter account was due to a “process error”.
Many mainstream media outlets also discredited the article at the time, but then reported on the laptop’s veracity long after President Biden was elected.