Musk teases releasing details of Twitter censoring Hunter Biden’s laptop: ‘Necessary to restore public trust’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk teased Wednesday that he might release more information about how the social media company censored the Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election.

News personality Alex Lorusso asked followers to “raise your hand” if they supported making “all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost story on Hunter Biden’s laptop” public.

Musk responded: “This is necessary to restore public confidence.”

Many users agreed with Musk’s call for transparency, with some responding with raised hand emojis.


One user even asked Musk to do another Twitter poll, citing other polls he’s done to help shape the direction of Twitter.

David Freiheit, referred to as Viva Frei, called Musk’s response the “correct commitment to make on Thanksgiving.”

Musk has previously expressed his concern over Twitter’s censorship of the New York Post. In April, he called the action “incredibly inappropriate.”

When the New York Post’s bombshell report was first published before the 2020 election, many social media companies were quick to remove posts about the story, including Twitter and Facebook. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted the social media platform was wrong to intervene in the Hunter Biden story.

Twitter censored the story, which they claimed at the time violated the company’s “Hacked Materials Policy.”

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed earlier this year why Facebook suppressed the story during the election.

During an interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Zuckerberg admitted that the FBI approached Facebook and warned the platform about “Russian propaganda” ahead of the bombshell Hunter Biden story. The platform manipulated algorithms to suppress the story from circulating, which Zuckerberg defended due to FBI warnings.

With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee.

With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee.
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In addition to the censorship by Big Tech, several media initially labeled the laptop as Russian disinformation. Dozens of former intelligence chiefs and officials also signed a letter saying they believed the story was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Since then, many news outlets have independently confirmed the story.

CBS was the latest news organization to verify the portable story, despite rejecting the New York Post’s original story. Nearly two years later, media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News and Politico have all confirmed the story.

With more pressure on Big Tech and more liberal media corroborating the story, GOP lawmakers are calling for answers on the laptop as well as censorship of the story. After taking control of the House, Republicans shared their intent to further investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings, looking specifically at how his father President Joe Biden may have been involved.


After nearly two years of suppression, new light is shining on the Hunter Biden story, and Twitter is once again proving to be a key player in finding answers.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Kelly Laco, Nick Givas and Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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