Elon Musk announced in a tweet that Twitter Inc.’s deputy general counsel, Jim Baker, had been terminated due to concerns about how he handled confidential business data. “In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,” Musk said.
In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 6, 2022
It seems likely that Musk was referring to Baker’s connection with the “Twitter Files” when he made his remark. Journalist Matt Taibbi made public the records last week; they contained emails regarding the decision to prevent access to a New York Post story concerning Hunter Biden’s laptop.
According to a tweet sent by Taibbi on Tuesday, Baker was let go because he was “vetting the first batch of ‘Twitter Files’ — without knowledge of new management,” a reference to Musk. Baker, who used to be the FBI’s general counsel, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Musk has been trying to prove that Twitter, which he purchased in October for $44 billion, is becoming more freewheeling in its attitude to expression since making the purchase. One such criticism was directed at the management team that came before them and the decisions they made.
The incident with Hunter Biden occurred just before the 2020 presidential election. Twitter initially justified its decision to restrict access to the New York Post article by citing its “hacked materials” policy. Baker cautioned against blindly believing the story in an undated internal message published by Tiabbi. “I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked,” Baker wrote.
The sacking of Baker coincides with a period of heightened scrutiny for Twitter from governments and watchdogs throughout the world. Lawyer Alex Spiro, on behalf of Musk, tried to reassure employees last month that they would not face criminal charges if the business was found to have violated a consent deal with the Federal Trade Commission.
Elon Musk tweeted that Twitter Inc. had fired Jim Baker from his position as deputy general counsel over security concerns related to Baker’s handling of proprietary company information.
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