Karine Jean-Pierre blasts Musk release of 'Twitter files' detailing collusion with Democrats

Musk's purchase of Twitter has prompted fury on the left side of the political aisle, with many expressing fears over his plans to allow free speech and reinstate accounts that previously received bans.

Updated: December 5, 2022 - 10:00pm

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday lamented Twitter owner Elon Musk's release of internal documents that indicated the Democratic Party enjoyed preferential access to the social media platform's censorship tools.

Last Friday, Elon Musk, through alternative journalist Matt Taibbi, began a series of posts in which they detailed the company's approach to censorship during the 2020 presidential election cycle. Among the documents published were communications between Twitter executives that suggested the Hunter Biden laptop story was throttled without reason.

"What is happening — it's frankly, it's not healthy. It won't do anything to help a single American improve their lives. And so look, we see this as an interesting, you know, coincidence, and you know, it's a distraction," Jean-Pierre told reporters. "We see this as an interesting, or a coincidence, if I may, that he would so haphazardly — Twitter would so haphazardly push this distraction that is full of old news, if you think about it."

She went on to observe that Musk's release of internal Twitter documents about such a contentious matter came at the same time his platform was drawing scrutiny for its new approach of limited content moderation.

"And at the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rising volume of anger, hate and anti-Semitism on their platform and how they're letting it happen," Jean-Pierre went on.

Musk's purchase of Twitter has prompted fury on the left side of the political aisle, with many expressing fears over his plans to allow free speech and reinstate accounts that previously received bans.

Musk reinstated former President Donald Trump, along with many other prominent conservative accounts earlier this year. He has since announced plans to enact a "general amnesty" for accounts that did not break the law or engage in egregious spam.

The billionaire's permissive attitude to free speech has not been without its limits, however. Musk suspended rap mogul Kanye West last week after he posted an image depicting a swastika merged with the Star of David and suggested it might serve as his 2024 presidential campaign logo.

"I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence," Musk said. "Account will be suspended."

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