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Musk Releases ‘Hunter Biden’ Files: Tweets Deleted At Behest Of Team Biden, Exec Was Key Behind Censorship Decision

Posted by M. C. on December 3, 2022

“Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be ‘unsafe,’” Taibbi continued. “They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.”

By  Ryan Saavedra

https://www.dailywire.com/news/musk-releases-hunter-biden-files-tweets-deleted-at-behest-of-team-biden-exec-was-key-behind-censorship-decision

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk released information through journalist Matt Taibbi Friday afternoon showing that Twitter was working in conjunction with then-Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s team, removing tweets that team Biden wanted deleted.

Musk said that he decided to release the information because it was “necessary to restore public trust” in the platform after it censored the New York Post’s bombshell report about Hunter Biden’s laptop just weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

Musk quote retweeted Taibbi’s multi-tweet thread on Twitter, writing: “Here we go!!”

Taibbi began by explaining that the company was “slowly forced to add … tools for controlling speech [that] were designed to combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters.”

“Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools. Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly,” Taibbi said. “By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: ‘More to review from the Biden team.’ The reply would come back: ‘Handled.’”

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Elon Musk To Build “Alternative Phone” If Apple And Google Boot Twitter From App Stores

Posted by M. C. on November 28, 2022

How hard could it be for the world’s richest person to have a team of Tesla engineers build a smartphone? They already mount cellular-connected giant iPad-like screens in all Tesla vehicles on the dashboard of vehicles. 

Yah but…would Elon have to create his own Play Store in the process? One can dream, can’t one?

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BY TYLER DURDEN

https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/elon-musk-build-alternative-phone-if-apple-and-google-boot-twitter-app-stores

There’s been speculation over app stores potentially de-platforming Twitter following new owner Elon Musk’s commitment to free speech. Musk unveiled a simple plan Friday night if Apple or Google decides to boot the social media platform from their stores: build a smartphone. And how hard could that be? 

Musk responded to conservative commentator Liz Wheeler, who tweeted: “If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?” 

“I certainly hope it does not come to that,” Musk told Wheeler, “but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”

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Elon Musk Announces Blanket Amnesty For Suspended Users

Posted by M. C. on November 25, 2022

Do you still really care about Twitter?

By  John Rigolizzo

https://www.dailywire.com/news/elon-musk-announces-blanket-amnesty-for-suspended-users

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced a blanket amnesty for Twitter users permanently suspended from the platform.

Musk made the decision Thursday in response to the final results of a poll he tweeted Wednesday. The platform will begin unbanning accounts en masse, except for those who broke the law or engaged in excessive spam, next week, he tweeted in response to the results. Musk has already unbanned a number of popular accounts that were permanently suspended before he took over as “Chief Twit.”

On Wednesday, Musk tweeted a poll asking whether or not to unban users that had been permanently suspended. “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?” he wrote.

More than three million users voted in the poll, and the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of amnesty; nearly three-quarters of voters, 72.4%, voted “yes,” while just 27.6% voted “no.”

“The people have spoken,” Musk wrote after the poll concluded. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”

Before the poll ended, Musk seemed to indicate that in effect, the platform would significantly curtail content moderation to target illegal content and increase transparency.

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Posted by M. C. on November 23, 2022

Elon Musk And Dinesh D’Souza Explain Why Leftists Aren’t Being Let Back On Twitter

By  Virginia Kruta

Elon Musk And Dinesh D’Souza Explain Why Leftists Aren’t Being Let Back On Twitter

https://www.dailywire.com/news/elon-musk-and-dinesh-dsouza-explain-why-leftists-arent-being-let-back-on-twitter

…“We don’t hear much about Democrats and leftists being let back on Twitter. Why? Because they were never kicked off in the first place. Their lies and misinformation simply escaped all scrutiny. Censorship has been deployed as a one-way operation against conservatives,” D’Souza tweeted, tagging Musk in his post…

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Musk’s Free Speech Moves On Twitter Have So Far Been Unimpressive

Posted by M. C. on November 21, 2022

Caitlin Johnstone

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/musks-free-speech-moves-on-twitter?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

When Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter was first announced this past April I said that the purchase likely wouldn’t go through if the empire thought it posed a threat to its information interests. I said that any reduction of censorship protocols which Musk implements on the platform would probably not be of the sort that make any difference to the powerful, but would instead just amplify vapid partisan culture war nonsense.

So far since Musk’s takeover, this does appear to be the case.

In recent days Twitter has reinstated the accounts of Donald Trump, Kanye West, Jordan Peterson, Project Veritas, Kathy Griffin, and the Babylon Bee. This to date is as close as Musk has come to honoring his stated intention of making Twitter a haven of free speech where people have a “digital town square” to debate and discuss ideas.

And it’s not enough. Un-banning a few famous people will drum up a lot of headlines and online chatter and make it look like you’re really doing something, but in the end all you’ve done is reinstate a handful of Twitter accounts. You haven’t done anything to meaningfully scale back the speech restrictions on your platform.

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I can already hear the Elon simps falling all over themselves in a mad rush to tell me it’s only been a few weeks and I need to give Daddy more time, but they can go lick a Tesla battery. Nobody gains anything by giving the billionaire the benefit of the doubt and refraining from pointing out that he hasn’t done nearly enough at this point. The time to start criticizing and pushing is right now.

Twitter is currently full of discussions about which famous people Musk should un-ban next, but they’re completely missing the point. Reinstating a handful of celebrities has no meaningful effect on the free expression of normal people.

I don’t care that I can see tweets from Trump and Kanye again; I care that people are still banned from the platform for questioning western allegations of Russian war crimes and voicing unauthorized opinions about the war in Ukraine. I care that people are still banned for questioning vaccines and Covid policies which affect everyone. I care that media from governments the US doesn’t like are censored and suppressed while its reporters are made to carry “state-affiliated media” labels that media personnel from US-aligned states don’t have. I care that mass purges of accounts are virtually always directed at people from US-targeted nations.

Free speech is important first and foremost not because it feels nice to be able to say whatever you want, but because being able to freely criticize the powerful puts an important check on power. Letting celebrities say whatever they want about trans people or what have you is of the “feels nice to say whatever I want” variety. We’re not seeing any increase in the freedoms of speech which put a check on power.

In fact, we’re seeing Musk pledge to use shadowbanning to algorithmically censor tweets with unauthorized speech.

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Did Twitter’s New Owner Elon Musk Just Prevent World War III? 

Posted by M. C. on November 17, 2022

Did Twitter’s New Owner Elon Musk Just Prevent World War III? 

https://www.dailywire.com/news/did-twitters-new-owner-elon-musk-just-prevent-world-war-iii

By  Candace Owens

DailyWire.com

All right, guys, question of the day today: Did Elon Musk just prevent World War III?

Yeah, he did. I’m going to explain to you how, but first I want to talk to you guys about Western propaganda.

This topic is something that fascinates me. Most people think propaganda doesn’t happen in Western countries. It should be so obvious by now that that is not the case. And that propaganda is a big reason why the Left feared Musk buying Twitter.

For example, on Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced he is running for president in 2024. We all knew it was coming and you could sense that it was coming imminently because the press sort of started this peer pressure campaign to divide the GOP: DeSantis or Trump? Pick a side!

And then in true Western propaganda form, they were in lockstep across the media just insulting him after his announcement.

The media instantly ran with all sorts of wild headlines. Here are just a few:

NPR: Donald Trump, who tried to overturn Biden’s legitimate election, launches 2024 bid

CNBC: Donald Trump, twice impeached and under FBI investigation, launches 2024 White House bid

NBC: Trump, whose lies about the 2020 election inspired an insurrection, announces third White House bid

OK, we get the narrative. You all think he’s an evil monster who won’t go away.

The media really seem to be saying they’re all making the same argument ‘because we are trying to uphold the truth — not because we all seem to be operating in lockstep.’

This brings me to the next person who I want to talk about who is engaged in propaganda and who the media loves to celebrate with the exact same tone: President Volodymyr Zelensky.

As I have said since the beginning of the war, he is a dirtbag. I can’t make myself any clearer on that.

Just when the media abandoned the COVID narrative and said ‘you all forget about the sloppy Afghanistan withdrawal,’ they told you that suddenly you needed to trade in your BLM flags for Ukrainian flags.

Zelensky became a hero overnight in the media. The media basically said, ‘You either get on team Zelensky, or we are going to smear you as a pro-Putin puppet.’

I didn’t take that bait because I don’t care what the legacy media thinks of me.

Why would I care?

He’s a fraud. He’s getting magazine spreads and Oscars from Sean Penn and meeting with celebrities while demanding more money and aid from the United States.

And now, in case you missed it, yesterday he recklessly claimed that Russian missiles hit Poland, killing two. He called on NATO to directly hop into the war and defend Poland — despite no proof Russia did it. In essence, it would have started World War III.

When I saw it, I said clearly this is a lie. The narrative defied common sense. Why would Russia attack NATO? They are losing the war. Unless you’re completely insane, it would make no sense for Russian President Vladimir Putin to attack the West — among other reasons.

But then something happened that proved me right.

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Elon Musk Sends Email To Twitter Staff Notifying Them Of Mass Layoffs

Posted by M. C. on November 4, 2022

Elon Musk Sends Email To Twitter Staff Notifying Them Of Mass Layoffs

The trick will be can Elon prevent backsliding.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-elon-musk-sends-email-to-twitter-staff-notifying-them-of-mass-layoffs

By  Ryan Saavedra

New Twitter CEO Elon Musk informed employees Thursday evening to not come into the office tomorrow as the company was laying off a substantial portion of its workforce.

The news comes after Bloomberg News reported earlier this week that Musk was cutting 3,700 of the company’s 7,500 employees on Friday. Musk is also reportedly canceling a work-from-anywhere policy and is going to force employees to come into the office to work.

“In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” an email from the company sent to all employees stated. “We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.”

“Given the nature of our distributed workforce and our desire to inform impacted individuals as quickly as possible, communications for this process will take place via email,” the message said.

The email said that everyone will receive an email about their future at the company, regardless of whether they are being laid off or not.

“To help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data, our offices will be temporarily closed and all badge access will be suspended,” the email concluded. “If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home. We acknowledge this is an incredibly challenging experience to go through, whether or not you are impacted. Thank you for continuing to adhere to Twitter policies that prohibit you from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere. We are grateful for your contributions to Twitter and for your patience as we move through this process.”

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Dear Twitterati – Leave the Road to Serfdom, Learn to Code

Posted by M. C. on November 2, 2022

Author: Tom Luongo

So, Elon Musk completed his purchase of Twitter and the pink slips are flying. From the C-Suite to the CS desk in a few weeks Twitter will cease to be the company we’ve all loved to hate delivering a product we hated to love.

From the beginning of this saga I maintained that it didn’t matter in the end if Musk prevailed or not. What was important was his ripping the duct tape off the hairy ass of the ridiculous double standard at work.

Every stupid argument you’ve heard justifying Twitter’s behavior was invalidated during Musk’s six month quest to overpay for one of the biggest pillars of the control engine operated by the patriarchy oligarchy.

From the moment that Musk made his initial overture to his walking in and firing the leadership, this story has been equal parts hilarious and thrilling.

First, Musk makes an offer the Twitter board can’t refuse without incriminating themselves, which puts to the test all the academic poison pill theories about how to defend against a hostile takeover.

As always, academic bullshit failed the real world sniff test.

You know kinda like what’s in the process of happening to the ultimate academic egghead Klaus von Commie Schnitzel and his moronic Great Reset.

Second he outed every bit of Twitter’s leadership and middle management as a feckless bunch of Davos trolls with layers of plausible deniability who never thought they would ever get caught. And then Pieter Zatko entered the conversation, blowing up the idea that Twitter’s censorship was just rogue purple hairs revealing brown shirts underneath their playful exterior.

But that doesn’t cover the half of it. The reality is that it wasn’t some evil mandated corporate conspiracy, but rather a poorly-built internal architecture which was purposefully allowed to remain broken for plausible deniability purposes.“ALL THAT TWITTERS IS NOT FAIRY DUST”

Ooops..

Because no one ever thought that Musk would turn his corporatist bribes, I mean Tesla shares, into weapons of mass formation psychosis destruction. Really? No one could see this coming? Then again this is the same media that can’t see anything that isn’t scrolling up the teleprompter.

Lastly, he called everyone’s bluff and just said, “Screw it, it’s just money.” And he’s more right than you can ever really imagine. Because the rise and fall of Woke Twitter is a harbinger of things to come now that Outside Money is getting its revenge against the depredations of Inside Money.

When civilization breaks down, legal claims tend towards zero value. Civilization breaks down through the systemic subversion of the agreed upon rules to the advantage of some at the expense of the other.

And what bigger subversion of the rule, “thou shalt not steal” could there be than a debt-based Ponzi scheme of inside money being used to suck up legal claims to most of the world’s valuable resources while actively suppressing the value of the competing outside money to defend people’s claims to it?THE INS AND OUTS OF WHOSE MONEY IS IT, ANYWAY?

What the credit bubble giveth on the way up — empowering billionaire Satanists to providing welfare jobs to harpy millennial chicks and the soyboys who simp for them — taketh away twice as fast on the way down.

What was that about Elon top-ticking Tesla again for FU Money?

I have to believe that part of Musk’s decision to finally just buy Twitter despite the fictitious valuation (and userbase) was the grief he got publicly for going against the war orthodoxy of the collective West (and specifically Davos’ enforcement of a single point of view) over, of all things, using Twitter to engage in discussion about what the outcome in Ukraine should look like.

I guess advocating for peace and to stop angry Slavs from murdering each other is no longer a core “European value.”

Actually, now that I type that out, it never was.

Musk could have dragged this out for months and proven in court that Twitter was a cesspit. But, we’re edging closer to a point of no return over Ukraine; a point we are being railroaded towards by psychopaths and solipsistic assholes who never met a dead member of the hoi polloi, especially of the wrong ethnicity, they didn’t give a second thought to.

And note which entity at the last tried to stop his taking over Twitter, the “Biden” White House who tried to claim it was a National Security issue.

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Changing of the Guard: Can Musk Deliver on His Promises for Free Speech and Information?

Posted by M. C. on November 2, 2022

https://mises.org/wire/changing-guard-can-musk-deliver-his-promises-free-speech-and-information

Michael Rectenwald

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and his immediate firing of top brass represents a potential weakening of the Big Digital woke cartel that controls information, censors content, censures and bans users, and serves as a propaganda arm of leftist totalitarian statists. Given their cooperation with and promotion of leftist statism, it is more than evident that Twitter, Facebook, Google, and others have served as state apparatuses, as what I have called “governmentalities.” Musk’s takeover not only represents a potential blow to the woke cartel but also to the globalist statists whom it so assiduously serves.

I have argued that Musk’s Twitter gambit represents an important test case for the woke cartel because it pits “the world’s richest man” against these agents of the state. Musk’s takeover will now demonstrate just how much this cartel and the statists they support can manage to infringe property rights by controlling what Musk can do with his own property.

Already the European Union [EU] is threatening Musk with control of Twitter’s content. After Musk tweeted “the bird is freed,” EU industry chief Thierry Breton tweeted “[i]n Europe, the bird will fly by our EU rules.” Breton was indirectly referring to the EU’s Digital Services Act, which aims to ban “illegal and harmful content” across Europe.

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Can Elon Musk Stop World War III?

Posted by M. C. on October 13, 2022

There are a lot of people in the chattering classes demanding for more military assistance, more sanctions, and more threats who have never carried a weapon in their lives.

Speaking as someone who has worn the uniform of my country on a foreign battlefield, who has fought under the American flag, don’t let my brothers and sisters do the same in another conflict that isn’t worth their lives.

by Dan McKnight

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/can-elon-musk-stop-world-war-iii/

Elon Musk is a remarkable figure. We’re still waiting to see whether his purchase of Twitter will go through, and if the censorship and artificial suppression of the America First movement will stop under his management of the company.

I’m hopeful though; Musk appears to be giving more consideration to foreign policy, and with a businessman’s mind for efficiency is cutting through the media’s propaganda.

Last week he sent this tweet, asking his Twitter followers if they thought this would be an equitable solution to the Russia-Ukraine War.

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It gives priority to self-determination of local populations, and would place Ukraine as a permanently neutral power between Russia and the NATO alliance (similar to Austria during the Cold War).

2.75 million people responded, and whether through automated bots or too many people duped by DC, his proposal was rejected 59% to 41%.

Musk himself appeared confused by the results, and did a follow up poll simply asking whether the residents of Crimea and the Donbas ought to decide for themselves whether to be a part of Russia or Ukraine.

The reverse happened: 59% said yes, 41% said no.

In reality, Musk’s proposal would be a reasonable, diplomatic settlement to end the war. And it almost did.

Even Fiona Hill, the State Department bureaucrat who worked to impeach President Trump, admitted as much.

Last month, writing in Foreign Affairs, she said:

According to multiple former senior U.S. officials we spoke with, in April 2022, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators appeared to have tentatively agreed on the outlines of a negotiated interim settlement: Russia would withdraw to its position on February 23, when it controlled part of the Donbas region and all of Crimea, and in exchange, Ukraine would promise not to seek NATO membership and instead receive security guarantees from a number of countries.

The same parameters that Elon Musk thought were so obvious! So why didn’t this terrible war end in April?

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