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Left-wing leaders twisted the rules to blacklist Donald Trump

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Part four of the “Twitter Files” series was published on Saturday night by journalist Michael Shellenberger, describing how Twitter executives twisted the platform’s rules with the intention of blacklisting former President Donald Trump. January 7, 2020.

In a recently posted threadjournalist Michael Shellenberger presented the fourth release in the “Twitter Files” series, detailing the inner workings of Twitter and the conversations among executives before former President Donald Trump was banned.

Shellenberger says following the events at the United States Capitol on January 6, Twitter faced immense pressure to ban former President Trump, with many saying they had to ban Trump for security reasons . Meanwhile, then-CEO Jack Dorsey was on vacation and appeared to delegate much of the decision-making to other senior executives, including global head of trust and safety Yoel Roth and the head of legal, political and trust affairs Vijaya Gadde, platform censorship. queen:

On Jan. 7, Dorsey sent an email to employees saying the platform needed to remain consistent in its policies, including allowing users to return to the platform after temporary bans. Roth reassured an employee that “people who care about this… aren’t happy with where we are.”

Roth later fired up DM’s co-workers by stating “GUESS WHAT.” Jack just approved a repeat offender for civic integrity. This would allow Twitter to create a system where five rule violations would result in a permanent suspension:

Colleagues continued to question Roth about the “incitement to violence” and on January 8, Twitter announced a permanent ban on Trump’s account due to “risk of further incitement to violence.” Twitter said the ban was based on “specifically how [Trump’s tweets] are received and interpreted,” but Shellenberger notes that in 2019, Twitter said it “did not attempt to determine all potential interpretations of the content or its intent.”

In another thread, Roth asks a colleague to add “stopthesteal” and “Kraken” to a blacklist of terms to de-amp. The colleague objects, saying it could risk “de-amplifying the counter-narrative” that validated the 2020 election results.

The latest version of Twitter Files appears to show a general attempt by Roth and other Twitter employees to justify Trump’s ban and attempts to understand how the current policy could be applied in a way that would explain the permanent suspension.

Shellenberger ends the thread by noting that Facebook’s suspension of former President Trump and willingness to ignore its own rules put the final nail in the coffin for Trump’s return to Twitter.

Read it full thread of Twitter files here.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering free speech and online censorship issues. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan



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