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[Economics] Emails from Twitter reveal how its employees debated how to handle the Hunter Biden story published by the New York Post in 2020


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Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, anticipated for several days a massive disclosure based on internal company documents that he claimed would show “what really happened” inside the company when it decided to temporarily suppress a New York Post story in 2020. about Hunter Biden and his laptop.

But this Friday, instead of releasing a slew of documents, Musk's big reveal pointed to a series of tweets from journalist Matt Taibbi, who was provided with emails that largely corroborated what was already known about the incident. .


Attracting thousands of retweets, Taibbi's winding thread of tweets reaffirmed how, in the first hours after the New York Post story broke, Twitter employees grappled with fears it could be the result of a hack operation. Russian.

The messages showed employees of Twitter's legal, policy and communications teams debating, and sometimes disagreeing, over whether to restrict the article under the company's policy on hacked content, weeks before the 2020 election.

While some questioned the basis for the decision and warned that Twitter would accept accusations of anti-conservative bias, others within the company, including senior officials, said the circumstances surrounding the New York Post story were unclear and urged caution, according to screenshots. internal communications screen shot shared by Taibbi.

(Then-CEO Jack Dorsey, whom Taibbi said was not involved in the decision, told US lawmakers that, in hindsight, suppressing the story was a mistake.)


The emails Taibbi obtained are consistent with what Yoel Roth, Twitter's former head of trust and security, told journalist Kara Swisher in an interview earlier this week.

During that conversation, Roth said he felt at the time that the Post's reporting had the hallmarks of a Russian hack-and-leak operation, an assessment that was shared at the time by dozens of former US intelligence officials. Roth did not responded to CNN's request for comment.

Taibbi said the material he reviewed referred to general FBI warnings about possible attempted Russian meddling in the election. Which also fits with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg's public account of Facebook's handling of the New York Post story and claims how Twitter was on high alert for potential foreign meddling.




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