Musk tells Rogan Twitter that he has “suppressed” Republicans 10 times more often than Democrats

Elon Musk said conservative users of X, formerly Twitter, were oppressed “10 times more” than liberal users before he took over the company.

Musk, the platform’s CEO, received Taibbi’s work allegedly showed that the platform’s previous owner, led by Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey, had worked with the federal government to censor conservative and Republican content online.

Speaking to podcaster Joe Rogan on Tuesday, Musk described Twitter as once “an arm of the government” and claimed that Dorsey “didn’t really know” such actions were taking place.

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Elon Musk, owner of During an appearance on Rogan’s podcast, Musk said that Republicans have been “suppressed” on Twitter far more often than Democrats.
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“The extent to which – and Jack didn’t really know this, by the way – but the extent to which Twitter was just an arm of the government was not well understood by the public,” Musk said, according to a clip from Rogan’s Tuesday episode The Joe Rogan Experience This was communicated to X by the group Myth-informed.

“Think of the old Twitter as a government publication,” he added.

Musk further claimed that the “old” version of the social platform would not only suppress views that are considered “far right,” but also those that might be considered “mediocre” or “slightly right.”

“Republicans have been 10 times more oppressed than Democrats,” Musk added. “That’s because the old Twitter was fundamentally controlled by the far left. It was like it was completely controlled by the far left.”

Musk and his allies have repeatedly amplified claims that the US government worked to censor stories surrounding 2020 New York Post Article about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Other parts of the “Twitter Files” reported that Twitter officials, with some help from the federal government, were actively monitoring posts from former President Donald Trump and other officials that contained unsubstantiated information about voting procedures and claims of voter fraud.

Lawyers for Twitter have disputed claims that the company’s once-close relationship with the FBI amounted to government coercion and censorship, CNN Business reported in June. Republicans on the House Oversight Committee in February also called on a number of former Twitter employees to testify about the Hunter Biden laptop story, which became public shortly before the 2020 presidential election. The hearing produced no new evidence of government censorship on the social platform.

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Newsweek I reached out to X’s press email Tuesday evening for further comment.