In a series of tweets, Twitter CEO Elon Musk has blown the lid off the Hunter Biden laptop story being suppressed at Twitter before he was the company’s owner.
He originally planned to live tweet the information at 5PM EST, but later said that they had to do some fact checking and it would have to wait 40 minutes past the originally planned time.
The thread shared by Musk showed that both parties were allowed to ask for tweets to be removed and that those requests were honored, but because Twitter staff leaned Democrats they were more often honored for Democrats.
At the behest of Musk, the thread was shared by author, journalist and podcaster Matt Taibbi.
This week Musk announced that he met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and the two talked about some important things. It came after many had called for Apple to remove Twitter from the App Store after Musk became CEO.
“Thanks @tim_cook for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ,” he said in a tweet showing scenery from the tech giant’s headquarters.
“Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” he said.
Musk announced on Monday that Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter, which would make it one of the most high-profile companies to pull ads from the social media platform.
“Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?,” Musk said in a tweet. He later tagged Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s Twitter account in another tweet, asking “what’s going on here?”
“The move aligns the iPhone maker with a rising list of firms from General Mills Inc to luxury automaker Audi of America that have stopped or paused advertising on Twitter since the billionaire’s $44 billion buyout last month,” Reuters reported.
“Musk said ‘yes’ in response to a user question on whether Apple was threatening Twitter’s presence in the App Store or making moderation demands. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment,” the outlet added.
Musk continues to make changes to the platform, including unbanning previously suspended users and implementing free speech policies, he is also laying down the law, so to speak.
On Sunday, for instance, he warned a key figure in then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment that he could be subject to enforcement action for violating the platform’s terms of service.
Musk responded to a post from former National Security Council figure and retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who posted: “Kinda weird that @elonmusk gets to decide how like a half-billion people communicate. Way too much power for one erratic individual to wield, don’t you think?”
Almost immediately, other users pointed out that Vindman tweeted the same message as many other accounts.
That led Musk to respond: “They’re bots in human form,” while adding this warning: “Note, spamming, whether done by a set of humans or bots is against ToS.”
He then wrote: “Vindman is both puppet & puppeteer. Question is who pulls his strings … ?”
Another user noted, “And they’re all echoing Alexander Vindman.”
That led Musk to reply: “Like digital ventriloquist dolls.”
“Hating on elon musk full time seems like a really pathetic hobby,” added another user.
The Twitter boss replied: “They won’t give up controlling the narrative easily”.