White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre calls the Twitter report on media censorship, often called “Twitter files,” for the Hunter Biden story in 2020 a “Distraction” And “Old News, if you think about it” saying Monday:
“We see this as an interesting coincidence, if I may, that [Musk] would so haphazardly … push this distraction that is full of old news if you think about it,” she said. “And at the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rising volume of anger, hate, and antisemitism on their platform and how they’re letting it happen.”
Jean-Pierre would also push false theories that Elon Musk is killing Twitter and users as well as advertisers are leaving in mass droves, which by all available metrics is not true. Along with the narrative, that has been push by many on the left, that Twitter is dying off due to Musk, Pierre would also push a theory that there is unprecedented levels of hate speech on the platform.
Musk took to Twitter to correct Jean-Pierre’s statements:
There are about 500M tweets per day & billions of impressions, so hate speech impressions are <0.1% of what’s seen on Twitter!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2022
The Twitter files involved not only the Hunter Biden story, but may also have served as a possible explanation for why so many right-wing political Twitter accounts were taken off of the social media platform. The Twitter files showed that politicians had access to remove Tweets they didn’t approve of. This was most flagrantly utilized when the Biden campaign team and multiple government agencies allegedly had a hand in removing the Hunter Biden story from social media prior to the 2020 Presidental election.