Musk Gives Right Wingers Access to Internal Twitter Systems to Spread Propaganda

The “Twitter Recordsdata” elevate false narratives and serve to uplift harmful right-wing figures.

Proper-wing billionaire Elon Musk has given outstanding conservative figures entry to Twitter’s inside methods this week to create and publicize the so-called Twitter Recordsdata — a trove of knowledge that Musk is utilizing to “expose” the social media platform’s supposed left-wing bias beneath its earlier administration however that, in actuality, solely serves to unfold far proper conspiracy theories and propaganda.

This week, conservative columnist Bari Weiss was answerable for Twitter Recordsdata half two, writing a Twitter thread displaying that, beneath earlier administration, the visibility of among the most hateful right-wing accounts on the platform had been restricted. Though this was offered as a groundbreaking discovery, Weiss didn’t element something about Twitter’s earlier content material moderation that wasn’t already recognized.

Actually, Weiss’s thesis that Twitter was biased towards the appropriate earlier than Musk took over is totally false: by previous Twitter leaders’ own admission, the platform’s algorithm truly favored right-wing politicians and information retailers within the U.S. and 5 different nations. Additional, whereas Weiss tried to point out that virulently anti-LGBTQ account Libs of TikTok was censored, her screenshot of the account in Twitter’s again finish confirmed a big banner that instructed staff to not take motion to suppress the account with out consulting the positioning’s coverage group.

In her thread, Weiss solely confirmed moderated accounts belonging to right-wingers and misleadingly highlighted phrases meant to be considered solely by Twitter staff to unfold disinformation about how Twitter operated earlier than Musk — all with the possible objective of giving Musk leeway to proceed censoring the left and uplifting the appropriate on the platform, beneath the extraordinarily doubtful guise of non-partisanship.

Weiss’s thread got here after Musk employed more and more conservative author Matt Taibbi to do public relations for him in Twitter Recordsdata half one final week. Musk used Taibbi to point out how Twitter had supposedly suppressed right-wing conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden’s laptop computer.

Taibbi’s smoking gun — inside emails about deleted tweets on Hunter Biden — solely revealed that the corporate had complied with the Joe Biden marketing campaign’s request that the positioning take down nude pictures of Hunter Biden, which the appropriate had tried to leak with out his consent.

That Weiss and different conservative figures have been granted unprecedented entry to Twitter’s again finish — and probably even customers’ non-public messages — is regarding not just for its ideological implications but in addition for safety reasons, because the screenshots shared by Weiss carry a watermark indicating that she was given entry through the corporate’s head of belief and security, Ella Irwin.

Musk’s Twitter Recordsdata — and who he assigned them to — are extraordinarily telling of his intentions for the social media platform. Bari Weiss is notorious amongst progressive circles for her vehement anti-Palestinian sentiment and screeds towards so-called cancel culture which can be, truly, thinly disguised rejections of anti-racist social justice actions; when she voluntarily resigned from her place usually writing hateful and broadly circulated New York Instances opinion items, she complained that she was being cancelled.

Matt Taibbi, once a liberal, has aligned himself with the appropriate in recent times, spreading right-wing COVID conspiracy theories in his Substack publication, loudly decrying the left, and, like Weiss, deriding “cancel culture” partially to spring to right-wing fame.

Musk apparently gave different outstanding right-wing figures particular entry to Twitter as nicely. Notoriously transphobic Abigail Shrier, creator of the hateful, dangerous anti-trans book Irreversible Injury, mentioned on Twitter that she was a part of Weiss’s “group” that was given entry to Twitter’s inside methods. Actually, all the folks that Musk has given entry to — Shrier, Weiss and Taibbi — are known for their anti-trans sentiments, reflecting a particular hatred that Musk has against trans people.