(TheRedWire.com) – On January 6, 2021, then-President Donald Trump held a rally in Washington, DC. Soon after, a riot on Capitol Hill ensued. Two days later, Twitter permanently banned Trump from its platform. On October 27, billionaire Elon Musk closed on the sale of the social media company. The new CEO soon after began releasing the “Twitter Files” to the public. On Saturday, December 5, he released part 4 through independent journalist Michael Shellenberger. It revealed that Twitter rigged the process against Trump.
1. TWITTER FILES, PART 4
The Removal of Donald Trump: January 7
As the pressure builds, Twitter executives build the case for a permanent ban
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 10, 2022
The internal communications showed Twitter tried to justify the president’s ban as it attempted to discern how officials could explain the permanent suspension using current company policy. Shellenberger noted that after the Capitol Hill riot, the social media giant faced intense pressure to terminate Trump’s account. Many said it needed to happen for safety reasons. Among them were former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Anti-Defamation League.
On January 7, Global Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth said CEO Jack Dorsey approved a “repeat offender for civic integrity” policy. It stated that five rule violations would result in a permanent ban.
On January 8, Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account due to concerns he could further incite violence. For the first time ever, the platform cited how readers might interpret his tweets as a rationale for the decision. Shellenberger noted the internal conversations about Facebook’s suspension and its unwillingness to follow through on its own rules as a basis for the final decision.
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