Elon Musk says full disclosure is needed on Twitter’s censorship of The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story
Elon Musk has insisted that full disclosure on 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 social media giant.
The world’s richest man, who purchased the platform last month, made his position clear late Wednesday when he responded to a Twitter user who asked whether the internal communications that led to the censorship decision should be released.
“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,” the user tweeted.
Twitter’s new CEO quickly responded: “This is necessary to restore public trust.”
Musk’s tweet had been retweeted more than 12,900 times and had received over 153,000 likes as of Thursday afternoon.
Prior to his $44 billion takeover, Musk had already weighed in on The Post vs. Twitter debacle — insisting back in April that the platform’s decision was “obviously incredibly inappropriate.”
The company didn’t immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment Thursday.
Twitter, as well as Facebook, took extraordinary censorship measures against The Post when it first published its bombshell expose on the trove of emails discovered on Hunter’s laptop in October 2020.
The platform, then headed by CEO Jack Dorsey, prohibited users from sharing the article — and also locked The Post out of its Twitter account for more than two weeks because of baseless claims the report used hacked information.
Dorsey was forced to admit during a congressional hearing on misinformation and social media in March last year that blocking The Post’s report weeks before the presidential election was a “total mistake” — but he stopped short of revealing who was responsible for the blunder.
He also added that the move to block The Post’s access to its own Twitter account was down to a “process error.”
Many mainstream outlets also discredited the article at the time, but later reported on the laptop’s veracity long after President Biden was elected.