As the 2020 election approached, bombshell of a story arrived in the United States, involving an abandoned laptop belonging to the son of then-candidate Joe Biden, and the salacious contents within.
This is precisely the sort of information that Americans should be privy to when electing a public servant, as the behavior demonstrated via the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop not only painted a picture of utter depravity for himself, but included references to his father’s involvement in his business dealings.
Yet the mainstream media refused to report on the issue, attempting to suggest that this was nothing more than a Russian “disinformation” campaign. When it was understood that the laptop was, in fact, real, it was well after the election, leading many to wonder if a coverup was occurring.
Now, a former employee at the world’s most powerful social media company is admitting that suppressing the story was a “mistake”.
During a sit down with journalist Kara Swisher, ex-Twitter safety chief Yoel Roth said that despite concerns about the authenticity of the laptop story, it still did not reach a point where he wanted to remove the content — which was later censored anyway. Initial reporting suggested that Roth blocked user access from the October 2020 story, but the former Twitter division lead said the decision was not up to him.
“We didn’t know what to believe, we didn’t know what was true, there was smoke — and ultimately for me, it didn’t reach a place where I was comfortable removing this content from Twitter,” Roth said. “But it set off every single one of my finely tuned APT28 hack and leak campaign alarm bells.”
Roth repeatedly reiterated that despite Big Tech companies’ high-alert status and his personal feeling of responsibility to protect the “integrity of conversations” from foreign governments attempting to interfere in elections, it never rose to the level where he believed the story should be censored.
“But — so it was a mistake?” Swisher asked.
“In my opinion, yes,” he responded.
For many Americans, the suppression of the laptop story at such a crucial time in our national political history, felt like a coordinated effort to keep Donald Trump from being reelected and further reiterated their belief in a clandestine “Deep State” looking to stymie the free will of the people.