Elon Musk said Twitter was wrong to suspend the New York Post from the social media network after it published a story about Hunter Biden's laptop in 2020.
Musk — who plans to privatize the company — is purchasing the big tech company at a hefty price tag of $44 billion.
What are the details?
Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and said that the news outlet's previous suspension was "incredibly inappropriate."
He made the remarks in response to journalist Saagar Enjeti, who tweeted a report about how a top attorney for the tech company was reduced to tears while discussing the new change in ownership.
Enjeti tweeted, "Vijaya Gadde, the top censorship advocate at Twitter who famously gaslit the world on Joe Rogan's podcast and censored the Hunter Biden laptop story, is very upset about the @elonmusk takeover[.]"
The tweet accompanied a Politico story titled " Twitter's top lawyer reassures staff, cries during meeting about Musk takeover."
Musk responded, "Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate[.]"
Twitter in 2020 claimed that the New York Post's article violated the company's terms on sharing hacked materials and locked the Post out of its account for approximately two weeks. There was no indication that the materials from the laptop had been hacked. According to the Post's reporting, the laptop had been voluntarily left by Hunter Biden at a computer repair shop.
Former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey later said that the lockout was a "mistake."
"We recognize it as a mistake that we made, both in terms of the intention of the policy and also the enforcement action of not allowing people to share it publicly or privately,” Dorsey told the Senate Judiciary Committee later in 2020.
Both the New York Times and Politico have come forward in recent months to confirm items contained in the Post's original report and stated that some of the contents in the laptop have been authenticated.
A healthy fear of free speech?
Earlier on Wednesday, Musk hit out at those criticizing the purchase as free speech opponents.
He wrote, "The extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all."
In a follow-up tweet, Musk
added, "By 'free speech,' I simply mean that which matches the law. I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law. If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect. Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people."