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Company employees agree sitting US president did not ‘incite violence’, documents show

Twitter permanently suspended sitting US President Donald Trump in the days following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, even though employees admitted to each other they had no legitimate reason to do so, communications show. internal reviewed by journalist Bari Weiss.

The fifth installment of Twitter Files was endorsed by the platform’s CEO, Elon Musk, who responded by saying that “Under pressure from hundreds of activist employees, Twitter is misrepresenting Trump…even though they themselves admit he didn’t break the rules.”

As messages between Twitter staffers posted by Weiss on Monday reveal widespread unease that Trump was “I will try to thread the needle of incitement without breaking the rules,” they also showed general agreement that the embattled president hadn’t actually “incitement to violence” – not even in a “coded” way – with his tweets on the day of the “Stop the Steal” rally.

Hundreds of Twitter employees nevertheless signed an open letter to The Washington Post asking CEO Jack Dorsey to ban the president, going so far as to imply that their employer played a role in what President-elect Joe Biden and the media traditional ones already called a “insurrection.”

Legal, Policy and Trust Affairs Manager Vijaya Gadde reportedly seized on someone’s suggestion that Trump’s technically innocent tweets could be construed as “coded incitement to new violence”. At the same time, the members of the platform “scale application team” seemed to embrace the idea that Trump was the “leader of a terrorist group responsible for violence/deaths comparable to the Christchurch shooter or Hitler and based on this and all of his Tweets, he should be removed”, according to messages posted by Weiss.

After tense staff meeting, Twitter reportedly announces Trump’s permanent suspension “because of the risk of further incitement to violence.” No real Twitter rules had been broken, especially given the leeway given to political figures in the name of the public interest.

So-COO Parag Agrawal pointed out to Security Chief Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko that “Centralized content moderation IMO has now reached a breaking point.”

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Weiss and his fellow Twitter Files reporters were selected by Musk to analyze the internal communications that led to Twitter’s removal of the Hunter Biden laptop story and Trump’s ban. Musk also promised revelations about the silence of alternative views on Covid-19.

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