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4 Dec, 2022
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He'd also coincidentally leaked a Jack Dorsey’s e-mail.

Elon Musk started to publish the Twitter Files as a part of the new Twitter transparency policy. He announced that the first series of documents would reveal "what had really happened with the Hunter Biden story". But it would not.

Musk retweeted Matt Taibi – journalist and author of several books. Taibi has written a long two-hour to-read thread about Twitter Files which he seems to have gotten directly from Musk. The thread explains how Twitter and Biden's team communicated in 2015. It elucidates in turn why Twitter blocked every tweet mentioning Hunter Biden's notebook story.

Taibbi's thread contains screenshots of emails of both Twitter's team and members of the Biden campaign. The main problem is the following: Musk's exposé didn't give any new information about the core story.

The emails don’t reveal how the initial decision to suppress the story was made: the thread only contains subsequent emails, Twitter leaders discussing whether it was the right choice. Moreover, it's not a proper investigation: almost all of the conclusions are based on emails and Slack messages and can't be verified.  Besides, Twitter explained the decision to suppress the story about Hunter Biden at a time.

Generally, Big Tech public companies’ biggest fears have nothing to do with leaks. Twitter is quite a specific exception. Musk announced that he will release "Episode 2 of the Twitter Files" just a day after publishing what we may call “Episode 1”.