Twitter Fires Lawyer Over Possible Internal Document Suppression

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    The Facts

    • Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday fired James Baker, the company’s general counsel, over allegations that he vetted internal documents that were part of the platform’s “Twitter Files” release before they were handed over to journalists for dissemination.

    • The “Twitter Files” are documents and communications showing how Twitter handled content moderation prior to Musk’s takeover in October — including its decision to suppress stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the fall of 2020. The files are part of a stated effort by Musk to be transparent about decisions made by prior management.


    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    Scandal seems to follow Baker wherever he works. While at the FBI, he was prominent during the crooked attempt to establish ties between Russia and then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election. Now we find out he was involved in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story, which would've benefitted Trump if it was more widely released. Baker had to go.

    Democratic narrative

    What’s been released so far of the “Twitter Files” has been less than scandalous — only revealing that Twitter had numerous healthy debates over content moderation and fielded requests from both sides of the political aisle. Nothing tying Pres. Biden to nefarious deals done by Hunter has been uncovered. If Musk wanted Baker gone, fine, but it had nothing to do with Republicans’ onslaught of conspiracy theories.

    Cynical narrative

    Elon Musk has orchestrated this distraction to take attention away from how hate speech has proliferated on Twitter since his takeover. We shouldn't let him get away from facing tough questions on the rising volume of anger, hate and antisemitism on the platform, and how Twitter's let it happen.


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