Twitter was prompt in suspending President Donald Trump’s account on the platform following a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol building by his supporters on Jan. 6, an incident critics say Trump incited. But for conservatives concerned about Big Tech shutting down dissenting voices in the wake of Trump’s Twitter ban, the latest news is even more chilling.
According to Breitbart, the controversial right-wing watchdog group Project Veritas claimed this week that it had caught Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on camera admitting that the crackdown on free speech won’t be ending any time soon — and it seems it won’t just be Trump who’s affected.
“Going to be much bigger”
Breitbart reports that Project Veritas released a video Thursday that they said showed Dorsey speaking about Trump’s permanent ban from his platform. The clip was reportedly recorded in secret by a Twitter employee.
“We are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account,” Dorsey says in the clip, according to Breitbart, “and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration.”
“We have to expect that, we have to be ready for that,” Dorsey reportedly added. “So, the focus is certainly on this account, and how it ties to real-world violence.”
“It is not going away”
Dorsey also reportedly said that he doesn’t “believe this is going away any time soon.”
“So, the team has a lot, and a lot of focus on this particular issue, but we also need to give them the space and the support to focus on the much bigger picture, because it is not going away,” the CEO remarked, according to Breitbart.
“The U.S. is extremely divided. Our platform is showing that every single day,” he reportedly noted, apparently oblivious to the role his company has played in that division. “Our role is to protect the integrity of that conversation,” he said, “and do what we can to make sure that no one is being harmed based off that.”
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 14, 2021
More to come?
Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe said at the conclusion of the video that his organization had obtained additional clips — both video and audio — from insiders at Twitter that he claimed would be publicly released in the near future.
But while those additional revelations would certainly be welcomed if they do materialize, it seems enough has been seen already to send a chill down the spine of free speech advocates everywhere.