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Elon Musk says he will reveal why Twitter decided to censor Hunter Biden laptop story

He said the move was "necessary" to restore public trust in the platform.

November 25, 2022 4:24pm

Updated: November 25, 2022 7:22pm

Twitter owner Elon Musk vowed to fully disclose what led to the platform’s decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story just before the 2020 presidential election.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO made the comment late Tuesday evening in response to a call for transparency about the bombshell New York Post story, which he declared was “necessary” to restore public faith in the social media platform.

“Raise your hand if you think Elon Musk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency,” tweeted conservative news producer Alex Lorusso.

Musk replied directly to Lorusso’s tweet, saying “This is necessary to restore public trust.”

Then headed by CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter banned the New York Post’s account in Oct. 2020 after they published emails from a laptop Biden left at a New Jersey repair shop showing business ties between Hunter and his father, then-candidate Joe Biden.

Prior to his $44 million purchase of Twitter, Musk called the platform's decision “obviously incredibly inappropriate.”

In August, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told Joe Rogan that the site chose to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story after the FBI warned the company to be “on high alert” for a “dump” or Russian propaganda.

But Zuckerberg defended how his company did not ban the distribution of the story outright as Twitter had.

"So, our protocol is different from Twitter's. What Twitter did is they said 'you can't share this at all.' We didn't do that," he said on an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

The incoming Republican-led House has vowed to investigate the Bidens’ foreign business dealings. Incoming House Oversight Committee Chair Jim Comer of Kentucky said last week that there are no plans yet to subpoena the sitting president, only his son.