In a big win for freedom of speech, James O’Keefe’s undercover investigative organization Project Veritas has been reinstated on Twitter. The outlet, which is famous for its undercover videos, was reinstated on the social media platform on Sunday under the leadership of Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk.
“Thank you @ElonMusk for reinstating the Project Veritas Twitter account and for standing up for real investigative journalism[,]” their official account tweeted on Sunday. “Stay tuned for an exclusive on this account 11/29 – A brave whistleblower inside the federal government is going on the record about child trafficking.”
According to a report from Just the News, Project Veritas’ account had been suspended on Twitter since February 2021 over allegations of posting “private” information. Their account’s suspension was one of many accounts that were censored or shut down following the permanent ban on President Donald Trump in January 2021, introducing an unprecedented era of Big Tech censorship.
With SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the helm of Twitter, the social media platform has drastically pivoted, as the site has reinstated accounts ranging from Project Veritas to the comedic satire account of The Babylon Bee.
On Sunday, Musk rocked the world by reinstating the Twitter account of President Donald Trump. Per RSBN, Musk polled Twitter users on whether he should allow the 45th president back on the platform, and more than 15 million users chimed in, with 51.8 percent of respondents indicating “yes.”
“The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted following the results of the poll. “Trump will be reinstated.”
Project Veritas’ reinstatement to Twitter is significant for proponents of undercover journalism. In October, O’Keefe’s outlet released a video of Arizona Democrat gubernatorial nominee Katie Hobbs hiding from Project Veritas’ journalists. The Arizona secretary of state could not explain why she refused to debate her Republican opponent, Kari Lake.
Veritas has also done undercover work investigating organizations like Twitter and Facebook.