The who’s who of former Twitter executives implicated in colluding with government agencies to suppress and censor speech are set to testify before a congressional committee Wednesday and the chair foreshadowed the momentous event with the message, “Accountability is coming.”
Having already promised that investigations related to Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop would be geared toward uncovering President Joe Biden’s alleged “influence peddling,” House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) waded right into the thick of it with a preview of Wednesday’s hearing.
Titled, “Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias, Part 1: Twitter’s Role in Suppressing the Biden Laptop Story,” the witness list named three former executives ousted by billionaire Elon Musk after his social media platform takeover; each familiar to readers of the “Twitter Files.”
Former Chief Legal Officer Vijaya Gadde, former Deputy General Counsel James Baker and former Global Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth are scheduled to testify with regard to the alleged roles each had played, particularly in regard to suppressing the New York Post’s initial report on the laptop in the final days leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Comer included his own statement in the announcement that began, “In the runup to the 2020 presidential election, Big Tech and the Swamp colluded to censor reporting about the Biden family’s shady business schemes. The U.S. intelligence community and the FBI frequently communicated with Big Tech and advised Twitter executives to question the validity of any Hunter Biden story–before the New York Post ever reported on it.”
An example of this was provided in journalist Michael Shellenberger’s report for the seventh installment of the “Twitter Files” where he laid out “evidence pointing to an organized effort by representatives of the intelligence community (IC), aimed at senior executives at news and social media companies, to discredit leaked information about Hunter Biden before and after it was published.”
“In the end, the FBI’s influence campaign aimed at executives at news media, Twitter, & other social media companies worked: they censored & discredited the Hunter Biden laptop story,” Shellenberger wrote. “By Dec. 2020, Baker and his colleagues even sent a note of thanks to the FBI for its work.”
Twitter counsel Jim Baker thanked FBI for help in plot to suppress Hunter Biden laptop, Twitter Files show https://t.co/Kyp5mbpRSm pic.twitter.com/FooJ87C0cu
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In that particular rundown, the journalist had also laid out how Roth had participated in preparatory exercises to be ready to shape how social media would handle a story like Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“We also know members of Twitter’s top censorship team debated how they could justify limiting the spread of the story. They landed on a policy that even some among them doubted,” Comer continued in his statement.
“Americans deserve answers about this attack on the First Amendment and why Big Tech and the Swamp colluded to censor this information about the Biden family selling access for profit,” he added before concluding, “Accountability is coming.”
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