Elon Musk’s Twitter has restored Project Veritas, the undercover journalism outfit that has become a significant source for anti-establishment whistleblowers, amid a surge of reinstatements for notable conservatives.
“We, Project Veritas, have finally been restored on Twitter – after being unfairly banned by the prior Twitter administration for over 20 months,” the organization claimed in an email to supporters.
“MANY THANKS, ELON MUSK! Journalists’ rights to report news must never be curtailed, suppressed, or restricted.”
In 2021, Project Veritas was banned following a series of exposés that embarrassed establishment entities such as CNN and Twitter.
In 2018, Veritas employed undercover reporters to capture multiple Twitter workers on tape confessing to anti-conservative prejudice. One of these employees acknowledged to labeling talk about “god, guns, and America” as bot-like activity. Veritas utilized these reporters to catch these employees.
“Just look at the followers on a random Trump tweet. They’ll all be like, God, guns, ‘Merica, and the cross and American flag,” the employee said. “I mean, who says that? Who says things like that? It’s definitely a bot.”
The worker also revealed that algorithms were used to delete accounts in bulk, which is a practice that has subsequently gained widespread notoriety and awareness. “Yeah. You just remove them, but the difficulty is that there are hundreds of thousands of these accounts, so you have to create algorithms to do it for you.”
Twitter’s new owner, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, has pledged to shift the network closer to its free-speech roots, and the reinstatement of Project Veritas coincides with the recovery of a number of important conservative accounts that were previously suspended.
To get things started, Musk reinstated Jordan Peterson’s account as well as the account of the satirical conservative website The Babylon Bee. Following a referendum of his fans, Musk restored former President Donald Trump’s account over the weekend, infuriating the platform’s leftist superstars.
As a result of Musk’s move, Twitter became the first significant platform to reinstate Donald Trump’s account after he was barred from using it by the majority of big tech businesses in the aftermath of Jan. 6.