Press secretary accuses platform of seeking a “distraction” from rising “hate speech”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, December 5, 2022. © AP / Susan Walsh
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has shrugged off Elon Musk’s release of the “Twitter files,” calling the disclosure of 2020 pre-election censorship an “interesting coincidence” and accusing the billionaire of allowing hateful speech to surge on his newly acquired social media platform.
Asked at a press briefing on Monday whether the White House found it appropriate that Twitter suppressed news about then-candidate Joe Biden’s son, Jean-Pierre sidestepped the question, suggesting that Musk had an ulterior motive for leaking files revealing the company’s internal discussions.
“We see this as an interesting coincidence, and it’s a distraction,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. She claimed that Musk “haphazardly” released the Twitter files, which were a “distraction that is full of old news, if you think about it. And at the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rising volume of anger, hate and anti-Semitism on their platform, and how they’re letting it happen.”
“They’re letting it happen.” The White House slams Twitter. (Video: Fox News) pic.twitter.com/6PPtZqXlLR
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The press secretary called the alleged rise in hateful rhetoric on Twitter since Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of the platform in October “very alarming and very dangerous.” She added, “What is happening, frankly, it’s not healthy. It won’t do anything to help a single American improve their lives.”