The fourth installment of the ongoing “Twitter Files” series of shocking discoveries was released on Saturday night, and it focused on Donald Trump’s departure from the well-known social media site in early 2021.
The fourth set of Twitter records, which depict internal discussions by the company’s leadership between January 6 and January 8, 2021, including and immediately after the riot at the Capitol Building, was made public on Saturday by CEO Elon Musk and writer Michael Shellenberger.
Journalist Michael Shellenberger explains the social media platform’s choice to block Donald Trump on January 8, 2022, in this episode of Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files.” As Shellenberger describes, there was intense pressure on then-CEO Jack Dorsey to forbid Trump, and it came from all directions.
On January 7 , Twitter management “create[d] justifications to ban Trump … [sought] a change of policy for Trump alone, distinct from other political leaders” and “…express[ed] no concern for the free speech or democracy implications of a ban.”
Following the Capitol brawl on January 6, according to Shellenberger, “internal and external pressure” on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to implement the ban increased.
In one of the documents, according to Fox News, Shellenberger claimed that “internal and external pressure,” including that from former First Lady Michelle Obama, had been applied to the corporation to forbid Trump from using Twitter.
He mentioned that Dorsey had sent an email to staff on January 7, 2021, saying that Twitter needed to “remain consistent in its policies, including the right of users to return to Twitter after a temporary suspension.”
Red State described the situation:
Dorsey was determined to stick with it, but there was a catch: he was planning a trip.
Yoel Roth, Twitter’s global head of trust and safety, and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal, policy, and trust, took over from him as a result. However, Dorsey had made it plain that he wanted the business to continue being “consistent in its policies” and did not want any drastic measures to be implemented.
In an apparent attempt to undermine Dorsey, Roth continued by assuring Twitter’s progressive staff that he understood their feelings. A short while later, Roth informs the team that Dorsey has approved a method for beginning to count strikes against Trump’s account using a “repeat offender for civic integrity” system. Trump’s account appeared to have five chances to avoid breaking restrictions that it was ostensibly never made aware it was breaking.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
However, the team was continuing to look for a reason to ban him more quickly, as evidenced by the response to Roth’s statement.
The “incitement to violence” question seems to be what Twitter ultimately ended up going with – as Shellenberger points out, that was the decision Twitter made on January 8, when the company permanently banned Trump’s account. Now, as Shellenberger continues on, Twitter’s decision flies in the face of Twitter’s previous decision-making process. CONTINUE READING…