Musk’s admonition comes in the wake of the second part of the “Twitter Files,” a series of documents and details from within the company publicized by Musk and allies as evidence the company had engaged in blacklisting and “shadowbanning” users, including conservatives.
When asked if political candidates were “subject to shadowbanning while they were running for office or seeking re-election,” Musk said yes. The billionaire did not elaborate.
The billionaire acknowledged in a Saturday Twitter Spaces that he has not read the relevant documents and was unaware of their contents.
Journalist Bari Weiss released the latest batch of the documents on Thursday. She posted screenshots from Twitter’s internal interface showing limiting tags attached to certain conservative accounts. The tags included “Search Blacklist,” “Trends Blacklist,” and “Do Not Amplify.” Weiss also revealed that several executives, including former Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, made content moderation decisions involving major accounts.
Weiss’s screenshots were taken by Ella Irwin, Twitter’s new head of trust and safety, according to Bloomberg.
Musk made news last week when journalist Matt Taibbi released the first version of the Twitter Files, which revealed details about internal deliberations regarding the decision to censor news about Hunter Biden’s laptop just before the 2020 election.