Thread: The Twitter Files, from Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi

Elon Musk released the first batch of Twitter files, concerning the Hunter Biden laptop, through Matt Taibbi on what else, Twitter. From Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi at twitter.com:

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2. What you’re about to read is the first installment in a series, based upon thousands of internal documents obtained by sources at Twitter.

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3. The “Twitter Files” tell an incredible story from inside one of the world’s largest and most influential social media platforms. It is a Frankensteinian tale of a human-built mechanism grown out the control of its designer.

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4. Twitter in its conception was a brilliant tool for enabling instant mass communication, making a true real-time global conversation possible for the first time.

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5. In an early conception, Twitter more than lived up to its mission statement, giving people “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”

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6. As time progressed, however, the company was slowly forced to add those barriers. Some of the first tools for controlling speech were designed to combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters.

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7. Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools. Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly.

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8. By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.”

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