Parler Share

'Twitter Files' Bombshell Reveals Censors Had a Plan in Place for Trump - And One Criterion to Ban Him Permanently

Parler Share

New information published in a “Twitter Files” release breaks down the internal deliberations regarding the 2021 suspension of then-President Donald Trump.

Internal platform communications obtained and published by author Michael Shellenberger on Saturday reveal that Twitter executives had a specific plan in place to remove Trump’s presence in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion.

Yoel Roth, head of Twitter’s “trust and safety” team, bragged about the plan in internal chats.

Here's What Will Happen to Donald Trump Immediately If He Is Arrested

Twitter censors quickly moved to apply the new restriction to Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Jan. 8, 2021.

Trump’s account had been previously hit with a temporary 12-hour suspension in the wake of the disturbance.

Has Twitter been honest about its actions?

When it announced Trump’s permanent suspension, Twitter cited what it claimed was “risk of further incitement of violence.”

Roth succeeded in securing a defined criterion for Trump’s permanent suspension around the same time — a policy decision made by then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey himself.

Under the new criterion, Trump would be permanently suspended for any violation of Twitter’s speech code.

Republican Senator's Bizarre Interaction with Reporter Before Interview Captured on Camera

In the case of Trump’s suspension, Roth discarded a longstanding Twitter policy in which content that violated site rules would be allowed in the event it was of significant public interest.

Some of the novel speech restrictions applied to Trump’s Twitter account were even applicable to users who shared images of censored tweets — a policy the platform’s employees struggled with implementing.

Roth left Twitter in November, in a rejection of Elon Musk’s plans to increase speech protections on the platform.

Musk has subsequently identified Roth as Twitter’s “real” CEO, executing vast authority at the platform on decisions of great consequence.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , ,
Parler Share