Elon Musk meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries

Elon Musk meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries


Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic chief Hakeem Jeffries on the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday night.

McCarthy, leaving the assembly with Musk in his workplace, declined to remark aside from to say: “He got here for my birthday.” The California Republican turned 58 on Thursday.

After the assembly, Musk wrote on Twitter that he met with McCarthy and Jeffries “to debate guaranteeing that this platform is honest to each events.”

The assembly between Musk and congressional leaders comes because the House Oversight Committee is planning to carry a listening to subsequent month centered on Twitter and the way it dealt with a narrative about Hunter Biden’s laptop computer. The House GOP convention members have promised rigorous oversight into massive tech and social media platforms, which they’ve accused of conservative censorship.

The panel invited three former Twitter workers to testify, and is in energetic discussions with the trio about showing in entrance of the committee, in line with a number of sources acquainted with the matter. The committee is February 8 as a possible goal date for the listening to, the sources mentioned.

The method wherein Twitter dealt with the Hunter Biden laptop computer story has been the topic of a number of so-called Twitter Files reviews, company communications which were disseminated to journalists hand-picked by Musk and his workforce at Twitter. The Twitter Files have proven the corporate’s moderation workforce agonized over easy methods to deal with preliminary tales in regards to the saga. Although early information reviews had been blocked or downplayed, the corporate shortly reversed course and allowed them to be posted and mentioned on the platform.

Musk has developed a repute as a polarizing determine within the tech business and for his political beliefs. He has continuously weighed in publicly on US coverage and the political panorama in current months. Musk has mentioned that he has voted for Democrats and Republicans up to now however has not too long ago favored conservatives and says he identifies as Republican.

The assembly comes amid a political energy shift in Washington after Republicans took management of the House of Representatives in January and elected McCarthy as speaker.

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