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‘Twitter Files’ Bombshell Reveals Censors Had a Plan in Place for Trump – And One Criterion to Ban Him Permanently

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New evidence disclosed in a “Twitter Files” leak explicates the internal considerations behind the suspension of President Donald Trump in 2021.

Internal platform conversations collected and released by author Michael Shellenberger on Saturday indicate that Twitter management had a particular strategy in place to erase Trump’s presence following the January 6, 2021 Capitol invasion.

Yoel Roth, the leader of Twitter’s “trust and safety” team, boasted about the strategy in internal communications.

Around 11:30 am PT, Roth sends a direct message to his coworkers with news he is eager to share.

“GUESS WHAT,” he writes. “Jack just approved repeat offender for civic integrity.”

On January 8, 2021, Twitter censors swiftly applied the new limitation to Trump, who was permanently barred from the platform.

The coworker wants to know if this judgment implies Trump can be banned at last. The individual asks, “does the incitement to violence aspect change that calculus?”

Trump’s account had already been temporarily suspended for 12 hours in response to the incident.

When announcing Trump’s permanent ban, Twitter cited a “risk of further incitement of violence,” according to the company.

Roth achieved a set threshold for Trump’s permanent suspension around the same time, which was a policy decision taken by then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Trump would be permanently suspended under the new criterion for any infraction of Twitter’s speech rule.

A bewildered senior executive in advertising sales writes a direct message to Roth at noon.

Sales exec: “jack says: ‘we will permanently suspend [Trump] if our policies are violated after a 12 hour account lock’… what policies is jack talking about?”

In the case of Trump’s suspension, Roth abandoned a long-standing Twitter policy that permitted content that violated site rules if it was of great public significance.

What occurs next is crucial to comprehending Twitter’s justification for banning Trump.

Sales executive: “are we dropping the public interest [policy] now…”

Some of the new speech limits imposed on Trump’s Twitter account extended to users who uploaded screenshots of blocked messages, a guideline that the platform’s workers struggled to execute.

What if a person opposes both Trump and Twitter’s censorship? The tweet still gets removed. But since the goal is not to contest the election outcome, no punishment is imposed.

Roth departed Twitter in November in response to Elon Musk’s intentions to strengthen speech rights on the network.

Musk has since recognized Roth as Twitter’s “real” CEO, with considerable influence over choices of great impact on the network.

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