In a true meeting of the minds, the former CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey responded to current CEO Elon Musk’s thread regarding “Episode 2 of The Twitter Files” Wednesday, urging him not to limit the releases.
Musk wrote, “Tune in for Episode 2 of The Twitter Files tomorrow!” And followed up with a tweet on Dec. 3 explaining “Looks like we will need another day or so.”
Dorsey asked Musk, “If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions?”
He urged the new CEO, “Make everything public now.“
If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions? Make everything public now. #TwitterFiles
— jack (@jack) December 7, 2022
Musk’s reply to Dorsey revealed much in only a few words. He told the former CEO, “Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released.”
The short exchange between the two came about after Musk passed internal documentation to substack journalist Matt Taibbi who subsequently published an incredibly lengthy thread detailing Twitter’s actions regarding the suppression and outright censorship of stories related to Hunter Biden’s laptop. The thread revealed that Twitter’s internal safety group proceeded knowingly under the false narrative that the articles discussing the contents of Hunter’s laptop were in violation of the platform’s “hacked materials policy.”
https://t.co/j4EeXEAw6F can see the confusion in the following lengthy exchange, which ends up including Gadde and former Trust and safety chief Yoel Roth. Comms official Trenton Kennedy writes, “I’m struggling to understand the policy basis for marking this as unsafe”: pic.twitter.com/w1wBMlG33U
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
Former FBI Attorney James Baker in an email responding to Twitter executives answered questions as to whether the platform could “truthfully claim” that the Hunter Biden stories were “part of the policy,” told the executives to proceed on an assumption that the New York Post’s initial story broke Twitter’s rules, with zero evidence.
“I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked,” Baker wrote. “At this stage, however, it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”
Baker’s employment was subsequently terminated by Musk after it was revealed that he was suppressing information from the first release to Matt Taibbi. The journalist revealed that Baker was in charge of reviewing all “Twitter files” pre-release, something that “surprised everyone involved.”
According to Musk, Baker was “exited” from his role “in light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in the suppression of information important to the public dialogue.”
Many have questioned how and why Baker was permitted this level of oversight given his obvious conflict of interest as a DOJ official at the time of the laptop coverup.