Former Twitter Safety Director Admits Censoring Hunter Biden Laptop Story Was Wrong

Twitter’s former head of trust and safety recently admitted that censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story was a mistake. Yoel Roth claimed that all of Big Tech was on edge over foreign election interference campaigns and emphasized that the decision to remove the laptop story was not his. He stepped down from the post amid Elon Musk’s takeover of the platform.

Roth told CNN’s Kara Swisher, “We didn’t know what to believe, we didn’t know what was true, there was smoke — and ultimately, for me, it didn’t reach a place where I was comfortable removing this content from Twitter.” He went on to acknowledge that removing the story was a mistake. Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey also admitted removing the story was wrong.

Twitter prohibited sharing a New York Post article from October 2020 that detailed information from Hunter Biden’s laptop. Additionally, before changing course, it briefly blocked access to the New York Post’s Twitter account. Facebook temporarily made similar efforts to stop the story from spreading.

At the time, several former and current intelligence officials warned that the laptop’s hard disk might have contained false material from a foreign power, like Russia. However, several media outlets have confirmed the information on the hard drive.

The company’s current CEO, Elon Musk, called Twitter’s handling of the laptop controversy “obviously incredibly inappropriate” and said more information about the decision should be made public. About two weeks into Musk’s leadership of the company, Roth resigned from his position at the social media site, complaining that Musk’s plan of paid verification “went off the rails in exactly the ways that we anticipated.”

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