Liberals on Twitter analyzed the latest “Twitter Files” revelations from Elon Musk and journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday, which showed Twitter’s internal communications leading to the decision to ban former President Donald Trump from the social media platform at the beginning of 2021.
The third episode of “Twitter Files” – this time dubbed “THE DONALD TRUMP WITHDRAWAL”, featured documents showing that Twitter staff banned Trump not only based on tweets he posted on January 6, but on the “context surrounding” Trump and his supporters. ‘ actions “during the election and frankly last more than 4 years”.
In emails, staff members acknowledged it was a new method of punishment given that they had previously suspended tweet-by-tweet accounts.
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Documents provided by Taibbiat Musk’s request, also revealed that senior Twitter staffers, including former global trust and safety chief Yoel Roth, “also clearly liaised with federal enforcement agencies. of the law and information about the moderation of election-related content”.
In post 20 of the lengthy Twitter thread, Taibbi provided documents showing “that Roth not only met weekly with the FBI and DHS, but also the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)”.
As Taibbi described in his series of posts, these high-level staffers like Roth and Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s Head of Legal, Policy and Trust Affairs “were a supreme court of high-speed moderation, handing down decisions on-the-fly content, often within minutes, and based on guesswork, instinctive calls, even Google searches, even in cases involving the president.”
A notable exchange from the documents revealed Twitter staffers mentioning their “partnerships” with “FBI/DHS” and expressing unease about whether it was safe for the public to know about these partnerships when explaining how they had fought “disinformation”.
This third episode came a week after Taibbi composed the first Twitter Files thread, and just days after former New York Times reporter Bari Weiss’ Twitter Files thread revealed that Twitter was “blocking” prominent conservatives. on the platform.
Though liberals scoffed at these revelations that Twitter was working with US law enforcement, perhaps even to silence conservationists, with many relegating the thread to the goofy conspiracy theory world.
Team Atlantic writer Tom Nichols brushed off the big reveals, tweeting, “Guess it was inevitable that Musk would side with the conspiracy theorists.”
Liberal author Michael Harriot tweeted: “Matt Taibbi and Elon Musk dug through millions of pre-Musk Twitter emails and Slack messages and all they found were employees who were deliberating and consulting on how to enforce and apply the rules fairly. But I understand that… For a wealthy white man, that seems very oppressive.”
Left-leaning journalist Keith Olbermann urged the US Senate to investigate Musk over him, revealing the inner workings of his own business, writing, “Time for Senate hearings to find out what scheme @elonmusk is up to, what influence terrorist or foreign is involved, and what can be done to remove this public media from its malevolent control.”
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Tech reporter Paris Marx blasted Musk and the “fake journalists” who helped him release the files. He wrote: “This is probably a good time to remind everyone that no matter what Elon Musk, his reactionary advisers and fake journalists want you to believe, Twitter has admitted that its algorithms are biased in favor of right-wing accounts last year.”
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, dismissed the revelations, saying they amounted to “gaslighting” by Musk. He tweeted: “@elonmusk ain’t dumb, but that fake ‘twitter files’ thing is dumb. In 2020, the whole world knew what Trump was tweeting. Media covered his breathless tweets. Millions and millions have followed him in. Claiming Trump has been silenced in 2020 is pure gaslighting.”
Lincoln Project fellow Rick Wilson poked fun at the publication and Trump supporters, tweeting, “Maybe when we get to The Twitter Files Part 57371, something here will match MAGA’s panting fake.”
The Atlantic team writer got cute with his take on Taibbi’s thread, writing: “Stunned by the revelation that a violent coup attempt by a sitting President of the United States could potentially lead to some reduction in his access to social media.”
ADL researcher Mark Pitcavage also ridiculed the revelations, tweeting: “THREAD: THE TWITTER FILES PART THREE. TWITTER’S SECRET LENGTH LIMITS. In this thread, I use my special access to internal Twitter records to expose methods put in place – at the request of Hillary’s emails – to limit the length of *all* Tory tweets to 280 characters.”
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Mother Jones DC Bureau Chief David Corn responded to the thread, saying, “@elonmusk seems to be on the side of the election deniers and seems to believe their conspiracy theories are more important than Trump’s actual efforts to annul an election and his incitement to insurgent violence. Bad news, he is in charge of an important civic platform.”