December 6, 2022

Ex Twitter Executive Admits to Censoring Hunter Biden's Laptop

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Yoel Roth was previously the head of Twitter’s trust and safety, and one of many Twitter employees who quit in November due to Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover. He admitted in a recent interview that the company erred in restricting people from sharing the news of Hunter Biden’s laptop on the platform.  Roth didn't want to talk about the reality that this error happened in his team and on his watch.

The Background: 

During a recent interview with CNN journalist Kara Swisher, Roth was asked if it was a mistake for Twitter to have blocked the story from being shared. He responded: “In my opinion, yes.”

And this isn’t the first time a former Twitter employee has admitted this. Jack Dorsey,  Twitter’s former CEO, stated during a congressional hearing on misinformation and social media in March of 2021 that blocking The Post’s report was a “total mistake.” 

However, not only did they censor The Post’s tweet, but they went on to lock The Post out of their Twitter account on claims of “misinformation” and accusations of using hacked information. 

The New York Post recently headlined an article stating that “79% say ‘truthful’ coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop would have changed 2020 election.”

Notable Quotes: 

“The obvious reality, as long-time users know, is that Twitter has failed in trust & safety for a very long time and has interfered in elections. Twitter 2.0 will be far more effective, transparent and even-handed." – Elon Musk

 

 

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