In a report by CNBC on Friday, House Republicans have requested that Twitter’s Board keep all records related to Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the social media company.
According to the outlet, in a letter shared exclusively with CNBC, Members of the House Judiciary Committee requested Twitter’s Board Chairman Bret Taylor to preserve any messages from official or personal accounts.
The letter stated that communications should also include those made through encryption software related to Twitter’s consideration of the impending purchase.
“As Congress continues to examine Big Tech and how to best protect Americans’ free speech rights, this letter serves as a formal request that you preserve all records and materials relating to Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter, including Twitter’s consideration and response to this offer, and Twitter’s evaluation of its shareholder interests with respect to Musk’s offer,” said Representative Jim Jordan, who led the effort to send the letter.
“You should construe this preservation notice as an instruction to take all reasonable steps to prevent the destruction or alteration, whether intentionally or negligently, of all documents, communications, and other information, including electronic information and metadata, that is or may be potentially responsive to this congressional inquiry,” the letter continued.
The letter focused on the platform’s intentions to support first amendment rights, and its supposed suppression of free speech for users.
“Decisions regarding Twitter’s future governance will undoubtedly be consequential for public discourse in the United States and could give rise to renewed efforts to legislate in furtherance of preserving free expression online. Among other things, the Board’s reactions to Elon Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter, and outsider opposition to Musk’s role in Twitter’s future are concerning.”
Twitter has repeatedly become a point of focus for Republican lawmakers. One of the most notable moments was the complete ban of former president Donald Trump in 2021, following his exit from the White House. The platform has since banned multiple other conservative political figures.
The platform came under fire again when it repeatedly suppressed posts and information regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story. The platform blocked links to a New York Post report that alleged President Biden was involved in inappropriate business dealings alongside his son while serving as the vice president under Barack Obama.
Twitter has been under public scrutiny for most of April since Elon Musk purchased a significant stake in the company, making him one of the platform’s largest shareholders.
However, attention was heightened over the last week as Musk has made a public bid to outright purchase the company in a $46.5 billion cash offer. Currently, the Board has taken measures to block Musk’s proposal to acquire the company, and a response to his latest revised offer has not been met with a response.