‘Twitter Files’ reveal former execs’ plan to permanently ban Trump

The latest “Twitter Files” release reveals how former Twitter executives changed the rules just so that they could justify permanently banning former President Donald Trump. 

This latest release came on Saturday evening from author Michael Shellenberger. He focuses on internal communications that took place among Twitter executives on Jan. 7, 2021, the day after the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021, and the day before Twitter permanently banned Trump on Jan. 8, 2021.

Bombshell revelation

“On Jan. 7,” writes Schellenberger, “senior Twitter execs: create justifications to ban Trump, seek a change of policy for Trump alone, distinct from other political leaders, [and] express no concern for the free speech or democracy implications of a ban.”

A central figure, here, is Yoel Roth, the former head of Twitter’s “Trust and Safety” team. Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, has identified Roth as “the real CEO.”

One internal communication from Roth, from around 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 7, was this: “GUESS WHAT. Jack [Dorsey] just approved repeat offender for civic integrity.” Roth adds:

Directional approach would be something like: Labels which are severe enough to result in disabled engagements incur strikes. Strike 1: Label only, Strike 2: Label only, Strike 3: Label + 12-hour timeout, Strike 4: Label + 7 day timeout, Strike 5: Perm suspension.

Roth and others then proceeded to start applying this new policy to Trump.

Twitter collusion exposed

One unidentified employee writes to Roth, “Progress! Does this affect our approach to Trump, who I think that we publicly said had one remaining strike? Or does the incitement to violence aspect change that calculus?”

Roth replies, “Trump continues to just have his one strike. This is for everything else.”

Another internal communication reported by Shellenberger shows that Roth managed to secure a special policy for Trump, a policy that would result in Trump’s permanent suspension for any violation of Twitter’s speech rules.

One Twitter employee writes, “Jack says: ”we will permanently suspect if our policies are violated after a 12-hour account lock’ . . . what policies is Jack talking about?”

Roth replies, “*ANY* policy violation.”

The game is rigged

Then, Roth, in a subsequent internal communication, tells an employee that Twitter, for Trump only, is ending its public interest policy exception, which allows speech that otherwise violated Twitter’s rules to remain because it is in the public interest.

Roth writes: “In this specific case, we’re changing our public interest approach for his account to say any violation would result in suspension.”

What this all shows is that Twitter’s former executive literally change some rules while inventing other rules just to be able to permanently ban Trump from the platform. It’s an egregious case of the platform silencing an opposing political viewpoint.

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