By Carmine Sabia. Media: Explain America.
OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.
Elon Musk wants everyone to know that his mental health is sound and he is not suicidal and he may have good reason to want that known.
As Musk had a live Q&A session on Saturday, after revealing the depths of how the Hunter Biden laptop story got squashed on Twitter and revealing how deep people in government were with Twitter, he believed that his mental status was pertinent information, The Epoch Times reported.
“I do not have any suicidal thoughts … If I commit suicide, it’s not real!” he said to around 100,000 listeners.
“Musk joked that given the revelations in the files and his expressed plans to ensure that political powers have no undisclosed influence at the company going forward, powerful figures and institutions may want him out of the way, The Times said.
“Twitter is the one company that’s no longer colluding and is no longer just going with this NPC group think, I should probably increase my security or something,” the CEO said.
He also commented on the media’s portrayal of Twitter as becoming a place for right wingers to create a “hellscape” and said it was not true.
“And in fact there are far fewer bots, far fewer trolls and it’s actually, I think, way more fun and interesting. And we’re seeing that in the user minutes and in the daily average users,” he said.
And he said that before he became CEO Twitter was not unbiased when it came to rule enforcement.He said there was “a very different standard applied to Republican candidates in the U.S. versus a Democrat candidates.”
“I’m not saying this is definitely the case. There appears to have been a double standard where Democrats were not censored and left causes were not censored but right causes and Republicans were,” the CEO said.
“I think this is frankly obvious to anyone who uses Twitter without any extra exposure of Twitter files. It was not even-handed,” he said.
The Tesla, Starlink and Space X CEO said that “frankly the behavior that is to be expected from an organization that is that is based in San Francisco, which is far left.”
“So from their standpoint, it wouldn’t seem like that they’re being unfair,” he said. “It’s simply how they see the world.”
On Friday night the Twitter CEO unveiled, what he called, the “Hunter Biden story suppression” files and it was a doozy.
He handed the task of unveiling the details of the scandal to independent journalist, and former liberal hero, Matt Taibbi.
“What you’re about to read is the first installment in a series, based upon thousands of internal documents obtained by sources at Twitter,” the journalist said.
“The ‘Twitter Files’ tell an incredible story from inside one of the world’s largest and most influential social media platforms. It is a Frankensteinian tale of a human-built mechanism grown out the control of its designer,” he said before unleashing a torrent of information.
And what is more interesting is the CEO said more would be unveiled on Saturday.
“In an early conception, Twitter more than lived up to its mission statement, giving people “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”
“As time progressed, however, the company was slowly forced to add those barriers. Some of the first tools for controlling speech were designed to combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters.
“Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools.
“Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly.
“By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another:
“More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.”
“Celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed or reviewed at the behest of a political party:
“Both parties had access to these tools. For instance, in 2020, requests from both the Trump White House and the Biden campaign were received and honored. However:
“This system wasn’t balanced. It was based on contacts.
“Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right.