Will Musk reveal why Twitter banned Hunter Biden laptop scandal?
Elon Musk has vowed to thoroughly explain what prompted Twitter to block the Hunter Biden laptop report.
Elon Musk has asserted that complete transparency concerning Twitter's decision to ban The New York Post's exclusive article about Hunter Biden's infamous laptop is "essential" in order to restore public faith in the social media giant.
Musk made his views apparent late Wednesday when he reacted to news personality Alex Lorusso who asked whether the internal discussions that led to the filtering decision should be revealed.
“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,” Lorusso posted on Twitter.
Musk's perplexing note beneath the post emphasized that more disclosures were "essential to rebuild public trust."
Prior to Twitter's $44 billion takeover, Musk weighed in on The Post vs. Twitter saga, claiming in April that the platform's decision was "obviously incredibly inappropriate."
When The New York Post originally published its bombshell story on the cache of emails discovered on Hunter's laptop in October 2020, Twitter and Facebook took extreme measures of censorship against it.
The network, then led by CEO Jack Dorsey, barred users from sharing the post and locked NYP out of its Twitter account for more than two weeks due to unsubstantiated claims that the report used hacked data.
The contents of the laptop were first reported on by the New York Post ahead of the 2020 US presidential election and were dismissed at the time by the Biden campaign, as well as a number of US intelligence figures and media outlets, as part of a "Russian disinformation" operation aimed at re-electing Donald Trump. Major social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, prohibited the sharing of laptop-based reports.
The authenticity of the laptop, which Hunter allegedly abandoned in a Delaware repair shop, has since been independently verified, and The New York Times and The Washington Post now acknowledge that its contents are genuine.
Hunter Biden’s criminal history
Hunter Biden has a long history of crime. In late 2020, Biden was subjected to federal investigation for "tax affairs" related to business dealings in Ukraine and China, and Fox News reported that he had failed to report $400,000 in income from Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
The announcement was preceded by a scandal in October 2020, when the New York Times published an article about two emails that the 52-year-old had supposedly received from a top Burisma executive while serving on the company's board of directors.
Burisma Board Advisor Vadym Pozharskyi allegedly asked Hunter Biden to "use [his] influence" to help the Ukrainian company gain political support in a May 2014 email, while Pozharskyi thanked the younger Biden for setting up a meeting with his father, then-US Vice President Joe Biden, in an April 2015 email.
Emails recovered from Hunter's abandoned laptop show that he played a major role in the acquisition of millions of dollars in funding for Metabiota, a Department of Defense contractor specializing in research on pandemic-causing diseases that could be used as bioweapons.