Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Friday that he would reveal
details about what he dubbed as Twitter’s “suppression” of a controversial
story about Hunter Biden’s laptop that was published before the 2020 election.
“What really happened with the Hunter Biden story
suppression by Twitter will be published on Twitter at 5pm ET!” he wrote,
in a tweet that went viral immediately.
Musk also said that it would be “awesome” and there would
be a “live Q&A” on the topic. However, he missed his 5 pm ET deadline for
publication and said posted the tweet at 5:12 pm. “We’re double-checking
some facts, so probably start live tweeting in about 40 mins,” he added.
The New York Post story regarding the laptop was published
in October 2020, less than a month before the 2020 presidential election. At
the time, then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden had a healthy lead over
then-President Donald Trump. The report claimed to contain emails recovered
from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden. According to the New York Post, it
learned of the email’s existence from Trump’s ex-White House chief strategist,
Steve Bannon. It received emails from Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, Rudy
Initially, Twitter restricted the distribution of the
story, raising concerns that it could be the result of a foreign disinformation
campaign. However, the social media company quickly back-stepped on its
response, after then-CEO Jack Dorsey called the decision to block the link
“unacceptable.” Facebook also took extraordinary censorship measures against
The Post when it first published its expose.
Several other news outlets, including The Washington Post
and The New York Times, later confirmed the validity of several of the laptop’s
contents long after the election.
The world’s richest man, who acquired Twitter last month,
has previously insisted full disclosure was required to determine why the
company decided to block the bombshell report about President Joe Biden’s son in
the weeks leading up to the 2020 election.
Musk has vowed to turn Twitter into a bastion of free
speech, and had been teasing the release of the internal files for several
days, arguing the “public deserves to know what really happened.”