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On Friday, reporter Matt Taibbi released a series of tweets titled “THE TWITTER FILES” that exposed the inner workings of Twitter in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election when the social media giant repeatedly censored tweets at the behest of Democrats.

“What you’re about to read is the first installment in a series, based upon thousands of internal documents obtained by sources at Twitter,” Taibbi began. “The ‘Twitter Files’ tells an incredible story from inside one of the world’s largest and most influential social media platforms. It is a Frankensteinian tale of a human-built mechanism grown out of the control of its designer.”

The journalist began by showcasing how, by 2020, Twitter would regularly give in to requests from the Biden election team to review and delete certain tweets. In response to an email that listed a number of tweets and stated “More to review from the Biden team,” the reply simply came back as “Handled” from a Twitter employee.

Taibbi then highlighted an instance of Twitter reviewing tweets at the behest of the Democrat National Committee (DNC) with the journalist stating, “Celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed or reviewed at the behest of a political party.”

While Taibbi did note that requests to review tweets came from both sides of the aisle, such as the Trump White House, he highlighted that Twitter employee bias leans in one particular direction thus leading to increased censorship of conservative accounts.

99.73 percent of political donations by Twitter employees went to the Democrat Party compared to only 0.27 percent going to the Republican Party in 2022.

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“This system wasn’t balanced. It was based on contacts,” he explained in the Twitter threat, adding, “Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right.”

The proof of censorship is just the beginning of the Twitter Files thread and more is to come as CEO Elon Musk has pushed for increased transparency on the platform. Earlier in the week, Musk tweeted, “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened.”

Musk has apparently worked with Taibbi to release this information with him tweeting just before the release of the thread, “What really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression by Twitter will be published on Twitter at 5 pm ET!” with him later adding, “We’re double-checking some facts, so probably start live tweeting in about 40 mins.”

The billionaire then announced that a second thread would be released on Saturday, tweeting “Tune in for Episode 2 of The Twitter Files tomorrow!”

It’s evident that Elon Musk is trying to expose Twitter for how it manipulated the political conversation in the lead-up to the 2020 election and his willingness to be transparent will likely lead to an even greater reputation for the CEO who took over the company only a few weeks ago.

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