What the Twitter Files Reveal
Elon Musk is trapped
Moderating social media platforms is difficult. Just ask the former Twitter employees whose decision to block a 2020 New York Post story about Presdident Joe Biden's son Hunter was picked over yesterday in tweets from Substack writer Matt Taibbi.
Or ask Elon Musk, Twitter’s owner and self-declared Chief Twit, who hyped Taibbi’s tweets, which were littered with screenshots claiming to show internal company messages. Despite their billing as evidence of a history of political bias at the company, the records depicted people caught in a trap that now ensnares Musk himself, who must make any tough decisions about what to allow on Twitter.
The tweet thread, which Taibbi dubbed the "Twitter Files," shows company executives rushing to make a thorny moderation call in a no-win situation. With a presidential election looming, The New York Post reported that a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden held evidence that he had inappropriately attempted to broker a meeting between a business client and his father when Joe Biden was vice president of the U.S.
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