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Former Twitter exec, Vijaya Gadde played a key role in suppressing Hunter Biden story a year earlier

She was appointed adviser to President Biden’s DHS in 2021

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Twitter owner Elon Musk has revealed that under the previous management regime, former Twitter Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead, Vijaya Gadde, played a key role in censoring the infamous Hunter Biden laptop story in October 2020.

Not only did Gadde play a pivotal role in censoring a story alleging that Joe Biden and his son Hunter engaged in a corruption scandal just weeks before the election that saw Joe Biden ascend to the presidency, but after Biden became President, his administration appointed her to an advisory role on a committee that helped shape the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) “misinformation and disinformation” work that same year in December 2021.

The DHS’s misinformation and disinformation work has faced growing scrutiny and public backlash throughout 2022. Most notably, its “Disinformation Governance Board,” which was introduced in April 2022, was paused one month later, and officially shut down in August 2022 after raising First Amendment concerns and being threatened with legal action.

The Hunter Biden laptop story was one of the top stories of the 2020 election cycle and was heavily suppressed by Twitter weeks before the presidential election. Twitter blocked links to the story, locked accounts that attempted to share the article, and even censored memes and tweets that criticized the censorship.

This week, Musk shared documents about Twitter’s censorship of the story with journalist Matt Taibi who posted highlights on Twitter.

Taibi tweeted that the decision to censor the story was “made at the highest levels of the company but without the knowledge of [then-]CEO Jack Dorsey.” Instead, Gadde played “a key role” in the censorship. Taibi shared a document showing Gadde discussing the warning label that would be applied to the story when Twitter censored it.

On the day that Twitter censored the story, Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna emailed Gadde to let her know that the decision was “generating huge backlash” on Capitol Hill and that the censorship “seems a violation of the 1st Amendment principles.” He also suggested that by censoring the story, Twitter had made it “become a bigger deal than it would have been.”

Dorsey also forwarded Gadde a copy of an article by Taibi that blasted Twitter for censoring the story.

Taibi noted that employees inside Twitter were “struggling to understand the policy basis” for censoring the story and that the justification executives used to censor the story (claiming that it violated Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy) was just an “excuse.”

In one internal communication, Twitter’s former Vice President of Global Communications, Brandon Borrman, asked: “Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?”

One former Twitter employee told Taibi that “everyone knew this was fucked” after Twitter started censoring the story.

In addition to playing a key role in the censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story, Gadde also reportedly played a key role in banning former President Donald Trump from Twitter.

This post was originally published at Reclaim the Net

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Rand Paul: Elon Musk Will Go Down As A Historic Champion For Free Speech

“Somewhere along the way something happened and people began to think that only certain forms of speech were acceptable.”

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Senator Rand Paul praised Elon Musk Wednesday for standing up for free speech, predicting that the Twitter owner will be recorded as a key figure in history in the fight against censorship.

Referring to Musk’s compelling take down of a CNBC hack earlier this week, Paul noted “Thank God for someone who can still speak their mind and won’t take some guff off a journalist who tells him he can’t speak his mind.”

“Somewhere along the way something happened and people began to think that only certain forms of speech were acceptable,” The Senator urged.

“Then along came Elon Musk,” Paul continued, adding “The country, the Bill of Rights frankly, all of us, are going to be very thankful that a guy with a lot of money bought a social media entity and allowed us to see the government colluding to limit speech.”

“People need to get this right. Private companies can decide what they want to air, newspapers can, television shows can. But what we cannot allow to happen is the government to collude with private business and use them basically as their extension and their arm of censor,” Paul emphasised.

He added that “Elon Musk exposed this only because he had 44 billion dollars to buy a company and expose their inner workings off collusion with government.”

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    Elon Musk almost caused a mainstream journalist’s head to explode when he explained how not everything should be about obtaining money and power.

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    Crowder Declares “WAR” On YouTube For Removing Alex Jones Segments

    “We will not pacify, we will not kowtow, and we will not stop. Not now. Not ever.”

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    Conservative host Stephen Crowder has vowed “This means WAR,” after YouTube removed several of his videos, including clips of Infowars founder Alex Jones guest hosting his show.

    Crowder tweeted out screenshots of his inbox and notifications from YouTube that his content has been purged for “violating community guidelines.”

    Crowder came out punching, declaring that “I don’t give a shit that we’re ONE STRIKE AWAY from being banned permanently,” and saying he will never stop whether YouTube likes it or not.

    Despite having close to SIX MILLION subscribers on YouTube, Crowder made the cardinal sin of providing a platform to Alex Jones, whom YouTube censored, banned and completely erased from the platform several years ago, paving the way for hundreds more after him to be silenced.

    Crowder has also recently partnered up with Rumble, a direct competitor to YouTube, and one which refuses to censor legitimate content.

    YouTube long ago cemented its place as the establishment owned and run platform where only content approved and authorised by the ‘powers that be’ is allowed to be seen by the masses, and that continues to intensify.

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