On a Twitter Spaces on Saturday night, Elon Musk addressed questions about the Twitter Files drop about the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, and what users can expect for the next drop and transparency at Twitter. Musk pledged to full transparency.
Near the end of the call, Musk joked that he was not in the least suicidal, saying "If I committed suicide, it's not real!"
This in reference to the idea that he has so much information to reveal that is dangerous to powerful people who may prefer to have him permanently out of the way.
The conversation with Musk was surprisingly candid, and he answered questions while in flight.
He addressed what led him to buy Twitter. "My biological neural net decided it would be important to buy Twitter," Musk said. He then explained that the timing was entirely based on cash flow.
But as to the reason why, it had everything to do with the encroaching limits on free speech. He said there "seemed to be like this more and more group think amongst the media, more and more sort of toeing the line among the digital social media company. Basically, just we're traveling the path of suppression of free speech was just getting me concerned. Like the trends were not great. So unless something was done to reverse this trend against free speech, then I get, well, at some point everything will just get muddled. And unless you're in agreement with whatever the group think is, then you're just gonna be ostracized."
"Is there any way to get a sneak peek of what we can expect with the next Twitter files drop?" He was asked.
"Well," Musk said, "I'm somewhat leaving this up to Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss. But I think the natural thing would be to say like, 'okay, what happened after the election? Y'know, Hunter Biden laptop stuff? This may sound bizarre, but Hunter Biden sounds kind of fun, to be honest."
Those on the stream joked about Hunter being an artist.
"He seems like he knows how to have a good time. But just sort of beyond what happened after the election, how much government influence was there? There was this whole sort of move to create a disinformation ministry, which was insane," Musk said, "and like George Orwell is turning in his grave."
"I think there was a public outcry about disinformation," he said.
"Jack Posobiec started that one," Ian Miles Cheong said, "he basically stopped it in its tracks, because before that nobody knew that this was even a thing."
Cheong also suggested that Posobiec be granted access to the Twitter files, as he has been at the forefront of reporting on the subject.
When asked what the next round of a Twitter Files drop would like like, he said "there are more smoking guns."
"Episode two," he said, would cover information from after the 2020 president election.
Speaking to ALX, whose account was only recently restored to the platform, Musk said that all requests from both the Biden campaign and the DNC to Twitter for the purpose of censoring individual users would be released.
In saying that he would release all the files, Musk reference Nelson Mandela, from his home country of South Africa, saying that he was undertaking something like a "truth and reconciliation."
"If you want reconciliation, there must be truth, so that's the intention here, to just make it clear what was happening and provide transparency about the past, and in doing so, to build trust in the future," Musk said.
A big issue among many users was the use of the terms misinformation and disinformation, used by media outlets, social media moderators, and government officials to suppress contrary narratives and facts about Covid, vaccines, January 6, elections, voting, and other hot button issues.
He was asked about the situation where currently, the government are the "deciders" of what constitutes misinformation and disinformation.
"It's a big deal, I agree," Musk said, "because the hard part of the situation is that if you don't want to have government, and especially if they aren't even an elected officials, maybe someone who is potentially a mid-level executive ministry is deciding this, who people don't even know and was never elected, despite being a democratic country."
Others commented on his efforts to remove image of child exploitation from the site.
"Twitter doesn't know what's going on at Twitter," Musk said. He also noted "it appears that Twitter falsely claimed that there was no election interference."
Access to the CEO of arguably the most important site for discourse in the world led to questions on a wide range of topics from many who have been crying out about the leftist bias of the platform, and the suppression of conservative views, for some time.
In response to the concerns over Twitter's left-leaning bias, which Musk has repeatedly commented on, he said that the site was essentially steeped in the politics of San Francisco, the city of its founding and headquarters. He said that the site was biased because that's how Twitter employees see the world, they did not realize their own bias.
The first round of Twitter Files were released on Friday in an epic thread from journalist Matt Taibbi, who was the one to whom Musk gave access to the files. It recounted how Twitter went about censoring the New York Post’s bombshell reporting on the now infamous Hunter Biden laptop.
That reporting, released in the lead up to the 2020 US presidential election, was intentionally suppressed to help the Biden campaign—and the data drop of the Twitter Files on Friday night confirmed this.
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