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Third Twitter Document Dump Details Decision to Ban Donald Trump

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2022
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The third release of internal Twitter documents on Friday evening detailed the momentous decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the platform after the Jan. 6 riot, making clear that executives understood it was an unprecedented moment in the history of speech.

Alternative journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday released the third set of internal documents as part of an Elon Musk-sanctioned effort to expose the platform’s prior censorship practices.

Twitter permanently banned Trump from using his personal account on Jan. 8. Musk has since restored the former president’s access.

Included in the dump was a screenshot showing an internal message from an unidentified individual asking if Trump was the “first sitting head of state to ever be suspended.”

Taibbi began by promising to detail “the erosion of standards within the company in months before J6, decisions by high-ranking executives to violate their own policies, and more, against the backdrop of ongoing, documented interaction with federal agencies.”

He also detailed that his Friday Tweet series would be the first of three addressing the matter, to be followed by separate document dumps from other journalists on Friday and Saturday.

Taibbi then posted screenshots of communications between Twitter personnel on the decision to ban Trump, highlighting one communication from an unidentified executive asserting that the company needed to consider the “context surrounding” the decision and Trump’s past actions as much as the nature of a specific offending Tweet.

He asserted that the “intellectual framework” for making the decision to ban a sitting head of state fell into place months before the act. Late in the series, Taibbi indicated that “Trump was being ‘visibly filtered’ as late as a week before the election.”

“Before J6, Twitter was a unique mix of automated, rules-based enforcement, and more subjective moderation by senior executives. As [former New York Times editor Bari Weiss] reported, the firm had a vast array of tools for manipulating visibility, most all of which were thrown at Trump (and others) pre-J6,” read the ninth post in the series.

“As the election approached, senior executives – perhaps under pressure from federal agencies, with whom they met more as time progressed – increasingly struggled with rules, and began to speak of ‘vios’ as pretexts to do what they’d likely have done anyway,” Taibbi went on.

He then acknowledged that the Safety Operations department, which had a fairly stringent set of rules for handling disallowed content, clashed with some executives over the matter. He dubbed the more senior executives a “high-speed Supreme Court of moderation, issuing content rulings on the fly, often in minutes and based of guesses, gut calls, even Google searches, even in cases involving the President.”

Included in the post was an exchange between former Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth and an unnamed individual over a Trump tweet claiming a “rigged election” after Ohio had to reissue 50,000 incorrect absentee ballots. The exchange shows Roth reply to a query on whether the post violated company policy. Roth replied with an NPR article substantiating Trump’s claims.

The posts then segued into communications outlining regular meetings held between Roth and senior U.S. intelligence officials. One screenshot revealed a communication from a “yoelr,” presumably Roth, lamenting the platform’s inconsistent approach to handling the New York Post’s story based on information from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

“We blocked the NYP story, then we unblocked it (but said the opposite), then said we unblocked it… and now we’re in a messy situation where our policy is in shambles, comms is angry, reporter think we’re idiots, and we’re refactoring an exceedingly complex policy 18 days out from the election,” it read. “In short, FML.” The screenshot further indicated that the message was conveyed as part of a weekly meeting on election security between Roth and the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Taibbi then outlined Twitter’s internal announcement of an “L3 deamplification” tool in December that would tie deamplification to warning labels attached to Tweets. 

“The significance is that it shows that Twitter, in 2020 at least, was deploying a vast range of visible and invisible tools to rein in Trump’s engagement, long before J6. The ban will come after other avenues are exhausted,” came the next post.

After many more posts, Taibbi began to divulge internal communications from Twitter about Trump’s tweets on Jan. 6, 2021. First, he showed a company wide email from Vijaya Gadde announcing that the platform had throttled three of Trump’s posts and indicated that the platform was prepared to impose a permanent suspension for future violations.

Next came a screenshot of a conversation reacting to Trump’s tweet telling supporters to “Go home with love & in peace.” The Twitter executives were not placated.

Taibbi’s Friday post series follows a similar release of internal Twitter documents by former New York Times editor Bari Weiss on Thursday, which focused on the company’s “visibility filtering” practices. Taibbi himself, last week made the first posts in what have become known as the “Twitter files,” detailing the company’s efforts to curtail disfavored viewpoints on the platform.

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PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

Hopefully Elon Musk has an excellent personal security detail with him at all times. He is exposing a lot of reality of how well coordinated the effort between the Democrats, the MSM, the so-called Deep State and some in the like-minded “woke” billionaire One World Order class all conspired and ultimately succeeded in ensuring President Trump would be removed from office by whatever means was necessary. Everything that the left in this country all claimed was merely delusional conspiracy theories is turning out to be nearly 100% true.

Of course the MSM, the FBI and DOJ, as well as most Democrats still continue to largely ignore this story even as more and more information is released to the public, as it completely undermines the narrartive they all spent 6 years constructing. The idea apparently on the left is it all will hopefully just go away and no one will start talking about how broad-based and well coordinated this coup effort was and still is in this country.

If you were to remove the names of the people, government agencies and businesses involved in this coordinated effort, this would be surprisingly similar to the sort of actions you would find in most authoritarian countries. We’re almost there today. Just a few more necessary changes here and there, to restrict the asleep at the switch populace, within the next couple of years and we will be a perfect match.

I have to wonder what with the administration and all the other players gin up to try and divert the public’s attention away from these Twitter releases by Musk. It will have to be something big. Maybe another series of national lockdowns. Maybe an armed conflict somewhere in the world. Maybe intentionally crashing the economy and then having the administration race in, after the MSM has sufficiently hyped the carnage enough, to “save the day”. The possibilities are almost endless at this point and at least half the country will be dumb enough to fall for it.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

With Twitter, FBI, DOJ, cnn, and biden collusion committing Election Fraud in 2020 Presidential Election is an Act of Treason and the Results of 2020 Presidential Election is VOID under U.S. Constitution, U.S. Election Laws including Election Campaign Violation Laws, State Election Laws, and Code of Ethics.
As I said since January 20, 2021, DICTATOR Beijing biden is NOT the Legal and Constitutional President.
Remember, he committed not only Treason but committed an Act of War against the United States of America on January 20, 2021.
Also, under U.S. Constitution the government is REQUIRED to SECURE THE BORDERS. Each day since January 20, 2021, the U.S. Borders are NOT SECURED and DICTATOR Beijing biden letting in MILLIONS of ILLEGAL ALIEN TERRORIST INVASION is an Act of TREASON.

Hal-
Hal-
1 year ago

Seems like Twitter is principally a DemocRat propaganda outlet ???????. It appears that the DemocRat Party favors “freedom of speech ” only when it is NOT degrading to the DemocRat Party and its machinations and fellow DemocRats.political agenda and fellow DemocRats. The DemocRat Party is built consistetn with Communism … and if it remains in power too long …. this Nations governance will be drowned in Communisti RULE rather than Republic GOVERNANCE.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

Apparently Twitter employees never anticipated one thing which is the company might be sold to a
businessman. It seems they told each other that they controlled with world and that it is made up
of twitter addicts. Guess not.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

Only the first step in the socialist/democrat “kingdom” crashing down. 2023 will be a VERY interesting year indeed. Everything the democrats tried to do will come back to haunt them.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
1 year ago

Does anyone believe that the media, including social media like twitter, haven’t exhibited extreme bias towards conservatives?

Ralph S
Ralph S
1 year ago

It’s painfully obvious that social media not only had their thumb on the scales, but also their foot stomped on the pedal controlling what “misinformation” reached the public.

James
James
1 year ago

Behavior like this is deemed acceptable if it goes unpunished.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Lets see T Files 4+ coming OK

George Washington's Admirer
George Washington's Admirer
1 year ago

“The pen is mightier than the sword”! MSM is mightier than flying goose poop, and Internet Journalism is beginning to sound restrained. What is a conservative to do? Depends if you just caught on in recent years; or, have had a strong clue about the Marxist Agenda for a long time now. Watching MSM is positively nauseating. It is converting Democrats to Republicans more than lawn signs, alternative media, and conservative television altogether. They really HAM IT UP on the ‘Hollywood Squares’ of the ‘news’ channels; MSNBC. Their ‘USDA’ Ham Stamp says: ‘Propaganda Made In The USA’. What is amazing is how petrified they are of the conservative party. Simply mortified. Are they afraid that the populace is going to start to see through their shenanigans?

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

My opinion, Twitter did Trump a favor by banning him. If you read books on Trump, some of his closest people were telling him to stop using Twitter at all hours of the day as this was hurting his image. And he must have realized that the entire world could read his Tweets & form opinions of him & plots on how to entrap him with attacks. Just take a look at his posts the last month regarding US Constitution & dinner meeting with Kanye West & convince me that they did not harm his image. He needs to learn to roll with the punches & not attack in public when provoked.

Jeri
Jeri
1 year ago

Although I have doubts much of anything will happen to the guilty parties, I do believe 2 things will happen. 1) although MSM will not share and talk about this, people will hear bits and pieces, curiosity will win and they will go searching for information. 2) once it has been heard and read and seen you can NEVER make it go away. Forever it will taint moving forward…

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
1 year ago

This makes the Watergate scandal, that led to Campaign Finance Reform FECA, look like spit in the ocean. What is going to be legislated to correct the government trampling the electorates freedom of speech?

Judicial Watch Sues Homeland Security for Censorship Requests
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teresa Ann d'alessandro
teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 year ago

just heard today that mooshele obama asked for Trump to be banned. real classy and people thought the world of this hater

Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
1 year ago

Yup once agian the lefties have been shown to be the evil hateful scum that are.

Go ahead and try to defend their bigotry. You can’t do it.

Letts Brandon
Letts Brandon
1 year ago

The problem here is the author of these files, Matt Tabbi, who is a left wing card carrying communist with an agenda to destroy America. Anything he writes must be questioned. What is its real purpose? We know his ultimate objective is to bring down the US government and we can be sure these writings are to advance that purpose. Be careful when throwing your hat in with this individual.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

Some have commented correctly. This means nothing unless several are jailed. I predict the
Repub Jan-Feb hearings will be all mouth with no result. Results means jailtime. Jailtime means
results.

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