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Twitter files released show ‘election interference’ – Rectenwald to RT – RT World News

The Democratic Party has kept a grip on the social network, says former NYU professor

The release of Twitter files about the blocking of the Hunter Biden laptop story reveals the extent of the company’s ties to the US Democratic Party and its role in election interference, said Michael Rectenwald, author and former professor of liberal studies at New York University, to RT.

“We knew that, but it’s really official now. Twitter has operated as an organ of the Democratic Party, basically with Democratic operatives who ran the company before Elon Musk took over, and maybe a bit now too,” said Rectenwald.

Journalist Matt Taibbi published internal correspondence between former high-ranking Twitter staffers on Friday, suggesting they were concerned about the decision to ban users from sharing a 2020 New York Post article. on the contents of the laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, the son of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Twitter suspended the newspaper’s account three weeks before the presidential election for violating its “pirated material” Politics. But according to the sources cited by Taibbi, this would normally first require concrete evidence or an alert from law enforcement. Official Twitter policies say it relies on “a series of proofs” including police reports and “other credible information available to the public”, to determine if a hack has taken place.

Taibbi also said that because Twitter “was and is made up overwhelmingly of people of the same political orientation”, Democrats had more channels to request revisions and removal of tweets they didn’t like.

Speaking to RT, Rectenwald argued that Twitter’s treatment of the Hunter Biden story and other politics amounted to “election interference”. He added that it was “an in-kind donation from Twitter to the Democratic Party without any acknowledgment or acknowledgment, which is against the law.”

Rectenwald pointed to The Intercept’s October report that the Department of Homeland Security maintains a special channel to directly report content on Facebook and Instagram as a recent sign of how social media giants may be exploited by the government.

“These are now the bottlenecks through which information is transmitted to the public. And as such, their power is extremely important, and unfortunately it is entirely misdirected,” said Rectenwald.

New Twitter owner Elon Musk has approved Taibbi’s release of internal company documents, promising further disclosures soon. When acquiring the social media platform earlier this year, it pledged to fight “A censorship that goes far beyond the law.

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