Elon Musk has made it his mission to expose the corruption of Twitter’s previous leadership ever since his acquisition of the company back in October.
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Over the course of the last couple of weeks, Musk and his team have been exposing the rampant corruption within Twitter’s old leadership, most notably how the company operated behind closed doors to silence its userbase, particularly those on the political right.
Among the growing list of controversies exposed in the ‘Twitter Files’ are the revelations that the company did in fact supress the story surrounding Hunter Biden’s laptop in order to protect his father during the 2020 election, that the FBI had a direct line to Twitter staff through which they could flag tweets they didn’t like. and that staff made such decisions as banning then-sitting President Donald Trump and suspending users who voiced opposition to government COVID-19 policies based on their own personal whims.
Twitter has also been proven to have shadowbanned and deboosted right-wing users, even after Dorsey testified in front of Congress that the platform absolutely did not engage in such censorship.
Asked by Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle if social media is being rigged to censor conservatives, Dorsey responded, “No.”
“Are you censoring people?” Doyle followed up, to which Dorsey again said, “No.”
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Narrowing the focus of his inquiry, Doyle then questioned, “Twitter’s shadow-banning prominent Republicans… is that true?”
For a third time, Dorsey insisted, “No.”
Later pressed by Republican Congressman Joe Barton on whether or not Twitter discriminates based on politics, Dorsey asserted, “No, our policies and our algorithms don’t take into consideration any affiliation, philosophy or viewpoint.”
Dorsey also defended the site’s moderation policies to such popular podcast hosts as Joe Rogan and Tim Pool.
However, thanks to Musk, journalists Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss, as well as author Michael Shellenberger, we now know that Twitter did in fact take against politically dissenting accounts, almost all of which identified as right-wing.
These include media personalities like Charlie Kirk and Dan Bongino, who – in a direct contradiction to what Dorsey said to Congress – were shadowbanned for their views under the guise of ‘Visbility Filtering’.
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Following Musk’s exposure of just how deep in bed Twitter was with the DNC and Big Government, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is now trying to save face by taking the blame for just how bad things were under his watch.
In a blog post published on December 16th, Dorsey attempted to take responsibility for the state of the social media platform by first explaining the “principles [he had] come to believe based on everything I’ve learned and experienced through my past actions as a Twitter co-founder and lead”.
These included “Social media must be resilient to corporate and government control,” “Only the original author may remove content they produce,” and “Moderation is best implemented by algorithmic choice.”
Having established these lessons learned, Dorsey then moved to admit, “This is my fault alone, as I completely gave up pushing for the principles of free speech when an activist entered our stock in 2020.”
“I no longer had hope of achieving any of it as a public company with no defense mechanisms (lack of dual-class shares being a key one),” he explained. “I planned my exit at that moment knowing I was no longer right for the company.”
Many speculate that the activist Dorsey is referring to is well known ‘Never Trump Republican’ donor Paul Singer, a godfather of the Russiagate ‘Steele Dossier‘ whose Elliott Management bought a majority share of Twitter for $387 million back in 2020.
“The biggest mistake I made was continuing to invest in building tools for us to manage the public conversation, versus building tools for the people using Twitter to easily manage it for themselves,” Dorsey further stated. “This burdened the company with too much power, and opened us to significant outside pressure (such as advertising budgets).
“I generally think companies have become far too powerful, and that became completely clear to me with our suspension of Trump’s account,” said the Twitter founder. “As I’ve said before, we did the right thing for the public company business at the time, but the wrong thing for the internet and society.”
“I continue to believe there was no ill intent or hidden agendas, and everyone acted according to the best information we had at the time,” he claimed. “Of course mistakes were made. But if we had focused more on tools for the people using the service rather than tools for us, and moved much faster towards absolute transparency, we probably wouldn’t be in this situation of needing a fresh reset (which I am supportive of).”
“Again, I own all of this and our actions, and all I can do is work to make it right,” Dorsey added added.
With the truth coming to light thanks to Musk, many are now wondering if Dorsey will find himself facing any legal trouble for lying about the extent of Twitter’s censorship.
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