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    ‘Twitter Files’ Bombshell Exposes How High-Ups Bent Their Own Rules to Make Sure Trump Got Kicked Off

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    According to messages uncovered in the “Twitter Files,” once Twitter’s internal motivation was developing toward its ban of then-President Donald Trump following the Capitol intrusion, rules were no impediment.

    If a tweet is deemed to be in the public interest, Twitter has a rule that allows it to be published despite the possibility of punishment.

    According to the journalist Michael Shellenberger in Saturday’s “Twitter Files” episode, Twitter bent that regulation in several different directions to block Trump.

    Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, started a project called “The Twitter Files” to shed light on internal deliberations on the suppression of dissent and the expulsion of Donald Trump.

    According to the texts made public by Shellenberger, Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, was a driving force behind the ban and assisted in finding a way around the restrictions to further his goals.

    When one Twitter executive questioned what was happening, Shellenberger reported Roth’s response that they would use anything they could to support the process of banning Trump.

    “What happens next is essential to understanding how Twitter justified banning Trump. Sales exec: ‘are we dropping the public interest [policy] now…’ Roth, six hours later: ‘In this specific case, we’re changing our public interest approach for his account…’” writes Shellenberger, focusing on a single statement.

    According to the documents Shellenberger was able to uncover, Roth attempted to get Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s account permanently suspended as a test run for what he had in mind for Trump.

    Later, Roth explains why he decided to disregard the rules.

    “Roth’s response hints at how Twitter would justify deviating from its longstanding policy. ‘To put a different spin on it: policy is one part of the system of how Twitter works… we ran into the world changing faster than we were able to either adapt the product or the policy,’” Shellenberger wrote in a post.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    In an Op-Ed posted on The Hill, law professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University noted the disturbing reality revealed by the “Twitter Flies.”

    Turley noted that comments from President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama supporting content moderation “show total contempt for the ability of people to make up their own minds on subjects ranging from elections to vaccinations.”

    He said the tone of the internal messages was concerning. CONTINUE READING…

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