(CBrief) – Twitter CEO Elon Musk noted in a Wednesday post on the platform that “important” data about the company was “hidden,” and some could even have been “deleted.”
Founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey asked: “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.”
That led Musk to respond, “Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released.”
Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 7, 2022
The question from Dorsey came on the heels of Musk firing now-former Deputy General Counsel James Baker, who was “exited” from the company after revelations about his alleged role in the platform’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Over the weekend, journalist Matt Taibbi published internal communications from Twitter’s top brass in October 2020 about how to combat the New York Post’s publication of materials about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,” Musk tweeted in response to Taibbi, who shared a story from famed legal scholar Jonathan Turley.
In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 6, 2022
Twitter’s internal communications at the time show that Baker was involved in discussions about whether the laptop falls under Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy.
“I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked,” Baker wrote in one email chain. “At this stage, however, it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”
28. To which former Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker again seems to advise staying the non-course, because “caution is warranted”: pic.twitter.com/tg4D0gLWI6
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022