Ro Khanna: Twitter made a mistake by suppressing Hunter Biden’s laptop story

Democratic Congressman Says It Was A Mistake On Twitter To Suppress Stories About Hunter Biden And Big Tech Shouldn’t Be ‘Arbitrator Of Truth’

  • Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said in an interview on Thursday that it was a mistake by Twitter to suppress stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
  • “I’m not in favor of the government, or you know, tech companies ultimately being the arbiter of the truth,” Khanna said.
  • He added that it was a ‘mistake by Twitter to remove some of the stuff about Hunter Biden’
  • In October, Twitter shut down The New York Post from its account after the newspaper shared stories based on files found in an abandoned laptop.
  • At the time, Twitter said The Post was violating the company’s policy on sharing ‘hacked material’
  • Twitter demanded that six tweets linking to Post stories be removed and the New York City refused, with Twitter ultimately backing down
  • In March, then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said it was a “total mistake” to prevent users from sharing The Post’s Hunter Biden stories.



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Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said in an interview on Thursday that it was a mistake by Twitter to suppress stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

“I’m not in favor of government, or you know, tech companies ultimately being the arbiter of truth,” Khanna said in a Zoom interview with Joe Lonsdale for the American Optimist podcast. “In the book I write how I thought it was a mistake for Twitter to delete some of the stuff about Hunter Biden.”

In October, Twitter shut down The New York Post from its account after the newspaper shared its stories based on files found on a laptop left by the first son at a computer store in Delaware.

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said in an interview on Thursday that it was a mistake by Twitter to suppress stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop. “I’m not in favor of the government, or you know, tech companies ultimately being the arbiter of the truth,” Khanna said.

The New York Post was locked out of its Twitter account after linking to stories produced from content found on an abandoned laptop that belonged to President Joe Biden's son, Hunter (pictured)

The New York Post was locked out of its Twitter account after linking to stories produced from content found on an abandoned laptop that belonged to President Joe Biden's son, Hunter (pictured)

The New York Post was locked out of its Twitter account after linking to stories produced from content found on an abandoned laptop that belonged to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter (pictured)

At the time, Twitter said The Post was violating the company’s policy on sharing “hacked material.”

DailyMail.com later independently verified material from the laptop.

Twitter demanded that six tweets linking to Post stories be removed.

The social media company withdrew after the New York City tabloid, owned by Newscorp, refused to delete the offensive tweets.

In March, when he testified before Congress, then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said it was a “total mistake” to prevent users from sharing The Post’s Hunter Biden stories.

“It was literally just a process error. This was in no way against them,” Dorsey told the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“When we remove a violation, we ask people to correct it,” he continued.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, asked Dorsey, “was anyone in your censorship department held responsible for that mistake?”

“Well, we don’t have a censorship department,” Dorsey replied. “We asked them to delete the tweet and then they could tweet it again. They took no action, so we corrected it for them.”

Scalise pointed out that The Washington Post, which is more politically liberal, didn’t suffer the same consequences when a report came out that said former President Donald Trump demanded election officials from Georgia “find the fraud” in the wake of the 2020 election.

The Washington Post had to issue a lengthy correction stating that Trump had not used that wording.

“There are tweets these days … that still mischaracterize it, even in a way where the Washington Post admits it’s wrong, but those mischaracterizations can still be retweeted,” Scalise said. “Will you do something about that and start writing it down to reflect what even the Washington Post itself has admitted is false information?”

Dorsey said Twitter’s disinformation policies address “media manipulation, public health and civil integrity.”

“That’s it,” he added.

Khanna, a California Democrat whose book is called Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us, said he thought social media companies should make sure “we don’t make statements that incite violence.”

“But I’m very wary of censorship,” he added.

And while he didn’t support Twitter’s decision, Khanna didn’t care about The Post’s Hunter Biden story, either.

“I think that story was total nonsense,” the congressman said. “I think Joe Biden was unfairly attacked because of his son, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t belong in the public sphere.”

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