Starting on December 2, Twitter’s new CEO, Elon Musk, gave select reporters access to internal Twitter deliberations involving the October 2020 New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s laptop, its decision to suspend the account of former President Donald Trump, and other high-profile content moderation decisions. Findings were published on Twitter in five parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. Twitter
The left argues that the disclosures cherry-pick data to fit a narrative being pushed by conservatives.
A libertarian's take
“The lack of transparency is startling, and the rationale behind the policy is wholly contrary to a culture of free speech… Previous Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth admitted in internal Slack conversations that ‘the hypothesis underlying much of what we've implemented is that if exposure to, e.g., misinformation directly causes harm, we should use remediations that reduce exposure, and limiting the spread/virality of content is a good way to do that.’…
“That's a very fraught proposition that would appear to justify an extreme amount of censorship. As always, it's important to keep in mind that social media moderators, misinformation beat reporters, federal health advisers, and national intelligence officials have all failed to correctly distinguish actual misinformation from true information—the New York Post laptop story being just one prominent example.”
Robby Soave, Reason