Elon Musk said that Twitter’s former Deputy General Counsel James Baker was “exited” from the company on Tuesday after revelations about his role in the platform’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Journalist Matt Taibbi published internal communications over the weekend that took place among Twitter’s top brass in October 2020 about how to deal with the New York Post’s publication of materials on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Former FBI general counsel James Baker leaves the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia following a full day of testimony on May 19, 2022, in Washington. (Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images / Getty Images)
Baker was involved in discussions about whether the laptop falls under Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy.
“I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked,” Baker wrote in one email chain. “At this stage, however, it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.
Baker was responding to a Twitter executive who was wondering whether they could “truthfully claim” that the laptop story was “part of the policy.”