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White House Dismisses Twitter Files and Neuralink under DOA Investigation

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White House dismisses Twitter Files as Musk’s brain chip company comes under federal investigation

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has shrugged off Elon Musk’s release of ‘the Twitter files’, calling the disclosure of 2020 pre-election censorship an “interesting coincidence” and accusing the billionaire of allowing hateful speech to surge on his newly acquired social media platform.

Asked at a press briefing on Monday whether the White House found it appropriate that Twitter suppressed news about then-candidate Joe Biden’s son, Jean-Pierre sidestepped the question, suggesting that Musk had an ulterior motive for leaking files revealing the company’s internal discussions.

“We see this as an interesting coincidence, and it’s a distraction,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. She claimed that Musk “haphazardly” released the Twitter files, which were a “distraction that is full of old news, if you think about it. And at the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rising volume of anger, hate and anti-Semitism on their platform, and how they’re letting it happen.”

The press secretary called the alleged rise in hateful rhetoric on Twitter since Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of the platform in October “very alarming and very dangerous.” She added, “What is happening, frankly, it’s not healthy. It won’t do anything to help a single American improve their lives.”

Musk released the files on Friday night through independent journalist Matt Taibbi, showing how Twitter made its decision to censor the New York Post’s reporting based on a trove of data from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop. The reports alleged influence-peddling by the Biden family in Ukraine and China. The laptop also contained photos of the Democrat presidential candidate’s son smoking crack and consorting with prostitutes.

With the White House calling the Twitter files old news, Musk owned Neuralink Corp, a firm specializing in brain implants, is facing a federal probe due to alleged “animal-welfare violations” during product tests, Reuters reported on Monday, just days after the billionaire announced a new timeline for human clinical trials.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General launched the probe sometime in “recent months” after federal prosecutors said Neuralink could be violating the Animal Welfare Act, the outlet reported, citing government documents and multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

The Animal Welfare Act regulates the treatment of certain animals used in research and commercial product testing, prohibiting inhumane practices which cause unnecessary suffering or death.

According to more than 20 current and former Neuralink employees, as well as dozens of internal company documents, Musk has pushed researchers at his brain chip firm to “accelerate development,” in some cases resulting in “botched experiments.”

Such failed tests have had to be repeated, increasing the number of animals being tested and killed,” employees told Reuters, adding that the number of animal deaths is higher than it needs to be “for reasons related to Musk’s demands to speed research.”

At least four experiments involving 86 pigs and two monkeys were “marred” due to “human error” in recent years, meaning the tests had to be conducted again, resulting in more animal deaths. The errors were caused by “a lack of preparation by a testing staff working in a pressure-cooker environment,” employees added.

While regulatory filings show that Neuralink has passed all prior federal inspections, sources told Reuters the company does not keep exact records for the number of animals it kills during testing. The full scope of the USDA probe is not yet clear, however, and it is unknown whether the inquiry is directly tied to the complaints raised by Neuralink employees.

Reports of the ongoing investigation came just days after Musk declared that US regulators could soon approve human testing for the Neuralink brain implant, claiming human trials may begin in just six months. The exact timeline remains hazy, however, as Musk has hinted at upcoming human trials before.

The billionaire entrepreneur has voiced hopes the brain implant will allow paralyzed people to walk again and the blind to regain their sight, among other medical miracles. While the new technology has yet to be tested on people, Musk has demonstrated the brain chip on more than one occasion, including an April 2021 presentation in which a macaque monkey purportedly played a video game using its mind alone.

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