(CNN) – Twitter owner Elon Musk spoke on Saturday evening about the so-called “Twitter Files,” a long thread of tweets sent by journalist Matt Taibbi, who was given information about the behind-the-scenes discussions in the decision-making process of Twitter’s content moderation. , including a press call for a 2020 New York Post story about Hunter Biden and his laptop.
During a two-hour Twitter Spaces session, Musk said the second installment of the “Twitter Files” will also include Taibbi, as well as journalist Bari Weiss, but did not give an exact date for when that would be released.
Musk — who says he has not read the leaked files himself — said the thrust of the original tweet was about what happened before the 2020 presidential election and “how much government influence there was.”
Taibbi’s thread also confirmed that, in the first hours after the Post’s story about Hunter Biden went live, Twitter staff faced fears that it might be the result of Russian hacking. It showed employees in several Twitter groups debating whether to restrict the article under the company’s plagiarism policy, weeks before the 2020 election.
While some questioned the basis of the decision, others within the company said the circumstances surrounding the matter were unclear and advised caution, according to screenshots of internal communications shared by Taibbi.
Musk on Saturday also criticized the mainstream media for underestimating the release of the “Twitter files”, while accusing news organizations – especially the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post – of “setting agendas.”
He also pointed out that news organizations, social media companies and universities suppress freedom of speech.
During the wide-ranging session, Musk addressed a number of other topics, including that American citizens, not the government, should be able to decide the fate of Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who leaked intelligence secrets in 2013.
Musk also said Twitter should plan and monetize traditional long-form audio and video posts. He also revealed that he met disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried in March, and that his “BS meter went off,” while repeating his claim that Twitter never took money from Bankman-Fried or FTX.
Bankman-Fried told Axios last week that he wasn’t sure what happened to the $100 million valuation of his Alameda Research trading vehicle owned by Twitter. He was quoted as saying that some of the investment might be sold before Twitter goes private in October, but he wasn’t sure.
Musk also said that Twitter will introduce its new account verification within the next week, which has been suspended.
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