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‘It’ll be awesome’: Musk leaks Twitter’s Hunter Biden files

POLITICO has not independently verified the submissions, which were given to Substack writer Matt Taibbi, a longtime critic of online censorship and mainstream media. Taibbi unrolled parts of the leak in a long twitter thread Friday night.

Musk teased the event hours before it began to spill out in Taibbi’s tweets, promising “It’ll be awesome” and suggested he was personally involved in preparing for it.

“We’re checking some facts, so probably start live tweeting in about 40 minutes,” Musk tweeted as users waited for the promised disclosures. His latest controversial move came before the dust settled from his latest, which saw Musk block Ye’s account after the rapper tweeted, “I love Hitler.”

In the current contours of the culture wars, the right has taken up the torch of free speech, while the center and left have raised concerns about misinformation and hate speech to argue for greater limits on freedom of speech. expression online. Since taking over the reins of Twitter in October, Musk has endeared himself to the right and infuriated the left with his laissez-faire approach to moderation.

Last week, the tycoon hinted that he would disclose information about Twitter’s role in suppressing the New York Post reports, tweeting, “It’s necessary to restore public trust.”

Hunter Biden’s leaked computer files – which shed light on his chaotic personal life and overseas business dealings – and Twitter’s handling of the leak have been the subject of ongoing controversy over the past two years. .

Twitter initially blocked links to the New York Post reports, going so far as to prevent users from sharing them in private messages, initially citing its policy on pirated and stolen material, but reversed itself a few days later.

When the Post refused to delete a tweet about the story, Twitter suspended the outlet’s account for more than two weeks, before reverse suspension on October 30, 2020, long after lifting other restrictions on the story.

In the aftermath, then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he regretted the platform’s decision to censor the story.

In a debate following the Post’s initial publication, then-candidate Joe Biden called the report a “Russian factory,” quoting a letter from former intelligence officials saying the disclosure “has all the classic features of a Russian information operation”.

John Ratcliffe, then Trump’s director of national intelligence, said there was no evidence to suggest the stories were the result of a Russian disinformation campaign.

In a post-campaign interview with ABC News, Hunter Biden said he wasn’t sure if the equipment was his, but “definitely” could have been.

In the two years since the New York Post reports, reporters relying on both traditional reporting techniques and technical analysis have verified large portions of the cache, though it remains possible that falsified or falsified material has been inserted therein.

A September 2021 book by a POLITICO reporter concluded that the file cache was “at least largely genuine.”

In March, The New York Times reported that cached emails related to Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings had been authenticated by people who knew them. Later that month, The Washington Post reported that two computer security experts it commissioned to review the files concluded that 22,000 emails in the cache were genuine.

CBS News reported last month that a forensic analysis of the files it commissioned found no evidence of tampering.

Hunter Biden remains the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department that has focused on his tax affairs. He denied wrongdoing.

House Republicans, who tweeted a tribute to Musk in October, plan to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings when they return to the chamber next month.

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