Incriminating evidence of Twitter employees scheming to suppress free speech on the platform “may have been deleted” from the company’s records, Elon Musk told company founder Jack Dorsey.
In an online exchange, Musk said Dorsey was kept in the dark by underlings who secretly concealed their efforts — and vowed to release every scrap of information that he can recover.
“Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released,” the world’s richest man tweeted Wednesday.
Musk’s pledge came after Dorsey responded to the ongoing delay in the publication of the second batch of the “Twitter Files.”
Following Friday’s bombshell revelations by independent journalist Matt Taibbi, Musk said “Episode 2” would be unveiled the next day.
But instead, he followed up Sunday with a tweet that said, “Looks like we will need another day or so.”
Taibbi, a former Rolling Stone writer, has said the next installment would be released by fellow independent journalist Bari Weiss, formerly of The New York Times.
On Wednesday, Dorsey tweeted at Musk and questioned why he’s using reporters to filter the information he’s uncovered.
“If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions? Make everything public now,” Dorsey said.
The back-and-forth came a day after Musk announced his firing of Twitter deputy general counsel Jim Baker, a controversial former top FBI lawyer.
Musk said Baker was canned over his “possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue.”
Taibbi also tweeted Tuesday that Baker was behind the roughly 90-minute delay in releasing his “Twitter Files” tweets on Friday.
Taibbi said Backer had been “vetting” the underlying material “without knowledge of new management.”
Taibbi also said Weiss uncovered Baker’s involvement when she learned “that the person in charge of releasing the files was someone named Jim.
“When she called to ask ‘Jim’s’ last name, the answer came back: ‘Jim Baker,’” Taibbi wrote.
“‘My jaw hit the floor,’ says Weiss.”