Comedian Bill Maher is all for Elon Musk’s buy of Twitter, saying the company wants a “new sheriff” after it didn’t observe the First Amendment — particularly when it kicked the New York Post off the platform following the paper’s bombshell Hunter Biden laptop report in 2020.
“The argument to me is, has Twitter failed in setting themself up in the past as the judge of what can go out there? And I would say yes, you have,” the comic said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time.”
“You failed when you threw the New York Post off of Twitter for talking about Hunter Biden’s emails. And it turned out that was a real story. You failed when you said we couldn’t read about whether COVID had come from a lab. You failed!”
Joined by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Maher railed towards censorship on Twitter — which was not too long ago bought by Musk in a significant $44 million takeover along with his purported objective to denationalise the company and restore free speech.
After The Post report was printed in October 2020, Twitter locked the paper out of its account for greater than two weeks over baseless expenses that the exposé used hacked info.
Twitter additionally blocked customers from sharing the hyperlink to The Post article indicating that Hunter Biden launched President Joe Biden to the Ukrainian businessman, calling the hyperlink “potentially harmful.”
Facebook additionally stated it will restrict the unfold of The Post’s story on its personal platform.
In November 2020, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated Twitter made a “mistake” by barring customers from sharing The Post’s revelatory report about Hunter Biden’s emails.
“We recognize it as a mistake that we made, both in terms of the intention of the policy and also the enforcement action of not allowing people to share it publicly or privately,” Dorsey stated throughout a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to, through which he and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had been grilled by lawmakers over their corporations’ affect and perceived anti-conservative bias.
During a House Energy and Commerce Committee listening to on misinformation and social media in March 2021, Dorsey stated The Post blackout was a “process error.”
“It was literally just a process error. This was not against them in any particular way,” Dorsey advised congress.
Just final month, The Washington Post and New York Times each confirmed the existence of Hunter Biden’s laptop after reviewing “a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop,” that had been authenticated by individuals concerned within the investigation in Biden’s business dealings, The Times wrote.