A top Republican lawmaker has vowed to drag Twitter employees to Congress to explain how the social media company coped with a 2020 New York Post report on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Elon Musk and journalist Matt Taibibi released a trove of internal Twitter documents on Friday evening showing how Twitter temporarily deleted the report over fears it was a Russian hacking operation days before the presidential election. of 2020.
After Mr. Musk teased a bombshell revelation for days, Mr. Taibibi’s lengthy Twitter feed only seemed to confirm what was already known about the incident.
The so-called “Twitter Files” animated many right-wing commentators and politicians as evidence of the overreach of law enforcement, despite the fact that Joe Biden was not in power at the time.
James Comer, who will lead the House Oversight Committee once Republicans take control of Congress in January, said FoxNews Friday night, he intends to pursue the case vigorously.
“We’re going to have every person on Twitter in front of the House Oversight Committee,” Comer said.
“Every Twitter employee who participated in the removal of the Hunter Biden laptop story will have the opportunity to come before Congress and explain their actions to the American people.”
Mr. Taibibi’s late-night thread detailed how the decision to temporarily remove a Job the article was discussed by employees of Twitter’s legal, policy and communications team.
Some employees feared the decision would fuel accusations of anti-Republican bias within the company. Ultimately, it was removed under the company’s policy on pirated materials.
Mr. Comer, Mr. Musk and others claimed the revelations were proof that the FBI pressured Twitter to remove the articles on Hunter Biden’s laptop and violated the First Amendment.
This claim was undermined by Mr. Taibibi, who wrote that “there is no evidence – that I have seen – of any government involvement in the laptop story”.
Mr. Taibibi’s thread also showed that Democrats and Republicans routinely called out Twitter to remove material they considered harmful.
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