After Elon Musk teamed up with a handful of independent writers to release round after round of “Twitter Files,” the House Oversight Committee jumped into the sea of revelations on Wednesday morning with the first installment in a series of hearings on “Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias.”
Their first hearing focused on Twitter’s suppression of news stories regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop and the damning information it contained. Witnesses for Wednesday’s hearing included Twitter’s former Chief Legal Officer Vijaya Gadde, former Deputy General Counsel James Baker, and former Global Head of Trust & Safety Yoel Roth. Essentially the people most frequently mentioned in the Twitter Files as being apparent cheerleaders of censorship.
While some of the left and in the mainstream media sought to question the veracity of the Twitter Files and dispute the legitimacy of what they seemed to show, those doubts about how far Twitter went to silence a narrative that was inconvenient for the Biden family were finally dashed once and for all in the Oversight Committee hearing.
🚨 BREAKING: Yoel Roth admits Twitter was wrong to block the Hunter Biden laptop story. pic.twitter.com/Wi85Uz5dqe
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Roth, under oath, made an attempt at a mea culpa, admitting Twitter’s decision to censor The New York Post’s bombshell stories on Hunter’s laptop was a “mistake.”
“At first glance, bore a lot of similarities to the 2016 Russian hack-and-leak operation targeting the DNC,” Roth testified. “And at that moment, with limited information, Twitter made a mistake,” he added, even though the Twitter Files showed a seeming willingness to construct a narrative to justify its decision to censor coverage of Hunter’s laptop. “Under the Distribution of Hacked Material policy, the company decided to prevent links to The New York Post’s stories about the laptop from being shared across the service,” Roth added, reiterating the outcome of its “mistake.”