Elon Musk called out Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California Tuesday, asking if he approved “hidden state censorship” while chairing the House Intelligence Committee following the Part 7 release of the Twitter files.
“As (outgoing) Chair of House Intelligence, did you approve hidden state censorship in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States @RepAdamSchiff?” Musk tweeted Tuesday, days after Schiff threatened to repeal protections provided by Section 230 if tech companies didn’t censor enough.
“We should absolutely take aim at that and other anti-competitive actions of Big Tech, and I think we’ve got a big problem right now with social media companies and their failure to moderate content and the explosion of hate on Twitter, the banning of journalists on Twitter,” Schiff said during a Sunday appearance on “State of the Union” hosted by Jake Tapper.
Musk’s tweet came the day after independent journalist Michael Shellenberger reported that the FBI paid Twitter about $3.5 million between October 2019 and February 2021 to reimburse expenses from complying with various requests.
Shellenberger and journalists Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss published a series of reports on Twitter’s censorship based on the files since Dec. 2.
Musk fired James Baker, a former FBI lawyer who approved surveillance on Trump campaign aide Carter Page based on the since-discredited Steele Dossier, who formerly worked at Twitter, after the release of the first batch of documents regarding the censorship of an October 2020 report by the New York Post about the contents of a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden.
Prior to calling Schiff out, Musk called the revelations in Shellenberger’s thread “extremely problematic.”