Elon Musk says 'controversial decisions' at Twitter were often made without Jack Dorsey's approval

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Elon Musk said Jack Dorsey "has a pure heart."Susan Walsh/AP; Getty Images
  • Elon Musk said "controversial decisions" at Twitter were often made without Jack Dorsey's approval.

  • While CEO of Twitter, Dorsey was "unaware of systemic bias" at the company, Musk said.

  • Musk's comments came after part two of the so-called Twitter Files were published Thursday.

Controversial decisions at Twitter were often made without the approval of then-CEO Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk has said.

Musk, now the company's de facto CEO, tweeted Thursday that Dorsey had been "unaware of systemic bias" at Twitter, adding: "The inmates were running the asylum."

Musk didn't provide further evidence for his claims. He said however that Dorsey "has a pure heart."

Musk's comments came after part two of the so-called Twitter Files were published Thursday, by commentator Bari Weiss.

According to a tweet from Weiss, Dorsey was part of a "secret" group of top Twitter executives that worked together to limit the reach of certain accounts and tweets on the platform.

Responding to Weiss' tweet, and appearing to back Dorsey, Musk said: "Controversial decisions were often made without getting Jack's approval and he was unaware of systemic bias. The inmates were running the asylum. Jack has a pure heart imo."

Dorsey hasn't responded to the Twitter Files' claims but he told Musk on Wednesday to "just release everything without a filter."

Dorsey didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Weiss said a "secret group" known as Site Integrity Policy, Policy Escalation Support team, or SIP-PES, made the largest and "most politically sensitive decisions" about which users and tweets would be allowed on Twitter. This group was made up of top Twitter executives including Vijaya Gadde, former head of legal, policy, and trust; Yoel Roth, former global head of trust and safety; Dorsey; Parag Agrawal, Dorsey's successor as CEO; and others, Weiss said.

The first part of the Twitter Files were released on December 2 when journalist Matt Taibbi published a thread of tweets with internal emails showing Twitter officials received and granted requests from President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign to remove some tweets posted on the platform.

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