The billionaire is expected to disclose the full details of Twitter’s 2020 censorship of the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden‘s laptop.
The announcement comes days after Musk said releasing information about Twitter’s response to the laptop story was ‘necessary’ if the social media company wanted to win back the public’s trust.
Twitter deliberately prevented users from sharing links to a front-page newspaper article about Hunter Biden’s private life and his controversial business ties to Ukraine in the run-up to the 2020 election between Biden’s father and Trump.
Prior to his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, Musk called the platform’s decision ‘obviously incredibly inappropriate.’
The new Twitter owner is also being monitored by the White House to see if the site itself could become a new conduit for misinformation.
Musk announced his plans to release Twitter’s files on Monday afternoon.
‘The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened …’ he wrote.
Hours later on Monday evening, Musk followed up his comments, characterizing his plans as a battle between freedom and ‘tyranny.’
‘This is a battle for the future of civilization. If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead,’ he tweeted Monday evening.
Days earlier, Musk responded to a Twitter user who asked whether he would release ‘all internal discussions’ about the Post’s laptop story.
‘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,’ the user tweeted.
Musk responded, and seemed to imply that he would.
‘This is necessary to restore public trust,’ he wrote.
Musk vowed to make his social media platform a more open ‘digital town square’ when he took over the app earlier this year.
‘Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,’ Musk wrote in a statement upon the purchase approval.
John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the computer store where Hunter abandoned his laptop, gave a copy of its hard drive to Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani in September 2020.
Giuliani reportedly leaked documents and photos from the drive to the New York Post, and also gave a whole copy of the drive to Trump’s former advisor Bannon and his podcast co-host Maxey.
The Post published excerpts of emails and photos from the laptop ahead of the 2020 election, but without authentication, they were widely dismissed as fake or ‘Russian disinformation.’
The laptop provided evidence about Hunter’s foreign business dealings and even linked him to illicit illegal activities like prostitution and serious drug use.
The laptop and its contents have since been verified by numerous outlets.
In April 2021 DailyMail.com published the contents of a report by Maryman & Associates showing the laptop was real and continued to reveal its sordid and potentially incriminating contents over the following year.
Using the same forensic tools as federal and state law enforcement in criminal investigations, Maryman & Associates found a total of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, and more than 2,000 photos on the hard drive.