“At the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rising volume of anger, hate, and antisemitism on their platform.” Jean-Pierre added Twitter’s internal content moderation discussions, disclosed through journalist Matt Taibbi, “won’t do anything to help a single American improve their lives”.
The White House downplayed Twitter CEO Elon Musk`s file dump regarding the social media platform’s decision to suppress news stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election as a “distraction”. “We see this as an interesting — or a coincidence, if I may — that he would so haphazardly, that Twitter would so haphazardly push this distraction, that is full of old news, if you think about it,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Monday.
The press secretary had earlier bristled at the suggestion the White House is “keeping a close eye” on Twitter after Musk bought the embattled social media platform in October for $44 billion. The Twitter communications, shared as part of Musk’s promise to increase the social media platform’s transparency, show Biden and Democratic National Committee aides had flagged laptop-related content with executives based on concerns material had been hacked.
Taibbi added that the decision “was made at the highest levels of the company, but was not communicated to CEO Jack Dorsey.” Instead, Twitter’s former head of legal, political and trust Vijaya Gadde was involved, according to Taibbi.
Republican operatives have done the same in the past, but Taibbi contended they experienced less success given the politics of many of the company’s staff. Taibbi underscored that although “several sources recalled hearing about a ‘general’ warning from federal law enforcement,” he found no evidence that the government was involved in the laptop story.