Former Twitter executives are going to have to appear before The House Committee.
The three ex-executives who were ousted after Elon Musk acquired the company will testify Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. They allegedly created blacklists, suppressed tweets, and hid accounts and topics without disclosure, possibly affecting the outcome of the 2020 election.
The committee will question Vijaya Gadde (former Chief Legal Officer), James Baker (former Deputy General Counsel), and Yoel Roth (former Global Head of Trust and Safety) on their censorship decisions.
Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) said in a press release, “Big Tech and the Swamp colluded to censor reporting about the Biden family’s shady business schemes. We also know members of Twitter’s top censorship team debated how they could justify limiting the spread of the story. They landed on a policy that even some among them doubted.”
The committee’s hearing will focus on “Protecting Speech and Social Media Bias” on Twitter and the suppression of the Biden Laptop Story. The full committee hearing will examine the actions of three former Twitter employees who limited the spread of information from the New York Post regarding the Biden family’s business dealings, obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop. Lawmakers on the panel will question these individuals.
Comer mentioned the New York Post article from before the 2020 presidential election which revealed Hunter Biden, son of President-elect Joe Biden, had introduced his father to a Ukrainian businessman.
Chairman Comer said in a statement:
In the runup to the 2020 presidential election, Big Tech and the Swamp colluded to censor reporting about the Biden family’s shady business schemes. The U.S. intelligence community and the FBI frequently communicated with Big Tech and advised Twitter executives to question the validity of any Hunter Biden story—before the New York Post ever reported on it. We also know members of Twitter’s top censorship team debated how they could justify limiting the spread of the story. They landed on a policy that even some among them doubted.
Americans deserve answers about this attack on the First Amendment and why Big Tech and the Swamp colluded to censor this information about the Biden family selling access for profit. Accountability is coming.
Former Deputy General Counsel James Baker previously worked as general counsel for the FBI. He claims the contents of the laptop were either fraudulent or obtained through hacking, despite the presence of a repair shop receipt signed by Hunter Biden as reported by The New York Post.
Journalist Michael Shellenberger stated in the “Twitter Files” release that there was a concerted effort by the intelligence community to discredit the information about Hunter Biden before and after publication, targeting senior executives at news and social media companies.
Former Global Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth, who had previously resisted FBI efforts to obtain data from Twitter, citied that the company’s policy against using data for surveillance and intelligence purposes.
Upon the release of The New York Post article, Roth wrote in an email that the story did not violate the company’s policy on hacked materials or any other policies, but appeared to be a “subtle leak operation” and was NOT “clearly in violation.”
A Media Research Center poll found that over 45% of Biden voters in swing states were unaware of the financial scandal surrounding Biden and his son, Hunter. The poll indicated that if they were aware, 9.4% would have chosen a different candidate. Biden narrowly won key states like Georgia, Arizona, and Wisconsin.
Former Chief Legal Officer of Twitter, Vijaya Gadde, played a role in the removal of former President Donald Trump from the platform and was one of the executives who denied Twitter’s covert suppression of conservative accounts.