Elon Musk has announced that he will publish “Twitter files on free speech suppression” because “the public deserves to know what really happened.”
In a statement Monday, Musk said he will publish the files “on Twitter itself” as part of his efforts to boost the company’s transparency.
As Slay News recently reported, Musk promised to release records of communications between Twitter executives that show conversations regarding the company’s censorship efforts in recent years.
Musk now has the files in his possession after taking over Twitter in late October.
In particular, Musk said he will publish the conversations regarding Twitter’s decision to block reports on Hunter Biden’s laptop in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
“The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself,” Musk tweeted Monday.
“The public deserves to know what really happened.”
The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Earlier this month, Musk responded to a user who tweeted, “Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.”
“This is necessary to restore public trust,” Musk replied.
The New York Post first reported messages from Biden’s laptop in October 2020, weeks before a presidential election.
Social media giants, including Twitter and Facebook, cracked down on the story to prevent its spread.
Current and former national security officials falsely claimed at the time that the Biden story was likely “Russian disinformation.”
They alleged that the reports, which have been proven to be true, were a veiled attempt from Moscow to intervene in U.S. elections.
Media outlets such as The Washington Examiner, CBS News, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have confirmed the laptop’s contents and messages, in part regarding foreign business deals Hunter Biden worked on in Ukraine, China, and elsewhere.
Twitter initially banned the Post’s story on the social media platform.
Users were blocked from posting the link to the story or direct messaging it to other users.
Twitter also locked the Post’s account for weeks, saying that the Post’s story violated Twitter’s rules against “hacked materials.”
Twitter executives made the allegations despite lacking evidence that the materials were obtained through hacking.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted that Twitter made a mistake in taking action against the Post over its Biden laptop story.
“We were called here today because of an enforcement decision we made against the New York Post based on a policy we created in 2018 to prevent Twitter from being used to spread hacked materials,” Dorsey said in November 2020 testimony to Congress.
“This resulted in us blocking people from sharing a New York Post article publicly or privately.
“We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread.
“Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours.”