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Twitter executives vowed to ‘hit ‘hard’ on conservative accounts, but were indifferent to pro-Biden tweets


Twitter executives bent over backwards to try to remove tweets from high-profile conservatives leading up to the 2020 election – but found ways to justify keeping posts from users who espoused liberal political views, latest reveal “TwitterFiles”.

In a shocking instance, when workers at the social media giant had no “firm political basis” to censor a pro-Trump tweet from right-wing Hollywood actor James Woods, they vowed to “hit it hard on the ‘coming”. [violations]according to a screenshot of internal communications shared by freelance journalist Matt Taibbi.

“Twitter removes this tweet from the president. Here’s a screenshot,” Woods wrote on Twitter in October 2020, sharing an image of a tweet by then-President Donald Trump, which Twitter flagged as “disputed” and “misleading”.

A file from Matt Taibbi showing that a tweet from Donald Trump was deleted.

James Wood was skeptical of Twitter in the 2020 election.

James Wood was skeptical of Twitter in the 2020 election.

The conservative actor’s swipe at the social media giant seemed to anger company executives so much that they considered taking action against Woods’ account.

“I would suggest we take action on him for something worth fiascoing rather than this screenshot, as we have no firm political basis to act on his account,” an anonymous Twitter employee wrote in the post. internal messaging obtained by Taibbi.

Taibbi also highlights a Trump tweet from October 2020 that Twitter’s head of trust and safety Yoel Roth acknowledges as “factually accurate” but was still nearly slapped with a warning tag.

“No. A rigged election! Trump wrote in response to a tweet from an Ohio media outlet about sending incorrect ballots to residents, which asked Twitter users if they “feel safe by sending ballots.

Twitter employees almost added a warning label “mail-in voting is safe” to this tweet, Taibbi discovered, before realizing that “events have taken place” and “POTUS’ comment is his opinion related to these real events.

“Yeah…those are accurate facts,” Roth told his colleagues.

Former director of Twitter.  Yoel Roth.
Former director of Twitter. Yoel Roth.

Twitter executives also looked at a tweet that former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee posted ahead of the 2020 presidential election in which he joked that he filled out ballots. for his “deceased parents and grandparents”.

“I stood in the rain for an hour to vote early today. When I got home, I filled my pile of mail-in ballots, then voted the ballots of my deceased parents and grandparents. They vote like me! #Trump2020,” Huckabee tweeted in October 2020.

Twitter employees didn’t find the post amusing and almost took action against it, Taibbi discovering that one employee said, “I agree that’s a joke…but he also literally admits in a tweet a crime.”

“The band declares Huck to be a ‘borderline case,’ and although it’s noted, ‘we don’t make exceptions for jokes or satire,’ they ultimately decide to leave him alone, because ‘we’ve had enough. pushed bears “”, Taibbi writing.

Before letting Huckabee’s tweet pass, the employees joke and worry about the “confusion” such joking tweets could lead to, Roth suggesting that in future cases, the decision whether or not to delete such a post could come down to the confusion it causes.

In contrast, Taibbi pointed to “several instances” of misleading “pro-Biden tweets” that have not been given the same level of scrutiny.

“Meanwhile, there are multiple instances of implicating pro-Biden tweets warning that Trump ‘may try to steal the election’ that has surfaced, only to be endorsed by senior executives,” Taibbi found.

Twitter profile of Elon Musk.
Twitter profile of Elon Musk.
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A tweet that caught the attention of top Twitter brass, from a user named ‘elijah daniel’, spoke out against the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and warned: “They will try to steal the election,” telling voters “don’t mail the ballots and drop them off in person instead.

However, Twitter executives discovered that the tweet “expressed concern that mail-in ballots may not arrive on time” and let it slide.

Even a tweet with the hashtag #StealOurVotes is left up without an added tag because Twitter executives find it to be a “reference to…a United States Supreme Court decision” and “understandable” .

Taibbi also discovered that Roth decided to remove a warning label from former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder, who tweeted in October 2020 that “it’s too late to use the mail” and claimed that the US Postal Service had been “deliberately crippled” by Trump.

Roth called Holder’s tweet “factually accurate.”


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