WATCH: MSNBC fears Twitter could be manipulated for political reasons after Elon Musk buys the platform

On Monday, MSNBC’s Ari Melber appeared distressed by news that Elon Musk had bought Twitter for $44 billion, saying the platform could be manipulated to win an election. His concerns about the hypotheticals were similar to the warnings issued by conservatives since the platform removed and censored information during the 2020 election cycle that could have altered the results.

Melber speculated about Musk, “If you own all of Twitter or Facebook or whatever, you don’t have to explain yourself. You don’t even have to be transparent. You could secretly ban a party’s candidate or all of its nominees, all of its nominees, or you could just covertly deny the reach of their stuff and boost the reach of something else.”

Twitter’s new owner is a free speech absolutist who was pressured into buying the platform, in part, to uphold the value of free speech and end the kind of behavior that Melber says gone happen.

“And the rest of us might not even find out until after the election. Elon Musk says it’s all to help people because he’s just a free-spoken, philosophically clear, open-minded assistant. ‘spirit,” Melber said.

In October 2020, a month before the US presidential election, Twitter removed the New York Post report on the contents of hunter biden’s laptopwhich he abandoned in a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019.

The laptop’s hard drive contained a cache of emails, text messages, photos and financial documents between Hunter Biden, his family and associates. The emails revealed that the president’s son was using his political influence in overseas business dealings.

Twitter has locked down the New York Post account as well as many others who have shared the story. Other outlets either refused to report the story or claimed the documents were “Russian disinformation”.

Emma Jo Morris, who revealed the history of Hunter Biden’s laptop in the To postshared the clip of Melber saying “@AriMelber that would be crazy. Hey a similar thing has already happened next time you’re in New York I’ll show you this hard drive I had that belongs to Joe Biden’s corrupt son and Twitter banned my reporting about 3 weeks before the last presidential election.

The New York Times, NPR, Policy and the Washington Postworked to remove the story, with the Time publishing an article calling the report “unsubstantiated” in September 2021, then editing the story without issuing a formal correction notice.

Recently, several of these same outlets have recently confirmed the legitimacy of the laptop’s content.

A poll previously released by the Media Research Center showed that 16% of voters who were unaware of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal would have changed their minds and not voted for Joe Biden if they had. known at the time.

According to a December 2020 Rasmussen Polla majority of Americans believed the media deliberately buried the Hunter Biden laptop story to influence the 2020 election.

After the election, Hunter Biden revealed that he was under federal investigation. Hunter Biden has been under investigation for non-payment of taxes since Joe Biden was US Vice President. In 2018, the survey extended to investigate the connection between Hunter’s international business dealings and President Biden’s political career. There are even reports that Hunter could be the subject of at least four investigations.

Republicans have repeatedly criticized Twitter for alleged bias against politically conservative users. Senator Tom Cotton, (R-AR), been locked his account after tweeting about the Black Lives Matter riots in June 2020.

During a 2019 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the senses. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), asked a Twitter executive regarding the alleged bias.

During testimony, Twitter director of public policy and philanthropy Carlos Monje Jr. apologized to Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), for the company’s decision in October 2017 to block one of his campaign ads.

the Tik Tok Libs The account, which highlights videos the Liberals post of themselves on social media app TikTok, has been locked for “hateful conduct” by Twitter twice in a week. The company did not explain which tweet contained “hateful behavior”.

Congressional Republicans such as Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)were censored for tweeting about transgender issues.

Twitter also banned President Donald Trump following the January 6, 2021 riot, but allows fanatics, anti-Semites, well-known dictators and users accused of murder have full access to the tweet.

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