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Michelle Obama Among Those who Pressured Twitter to Ban Trump: Report

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The latest installment of the bombshell “Twitter files” reveals more details on how the platform planned and executed its infamous ban on the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.

The latest file released by free speech advocate and Twitter CEO Elon Musk shows that high-profile Democrats like former first lady Michelle Obama pressured platform executives to ban the president from the social media platform.

“Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior—and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technologies from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection,” Obama wrote in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter on Jan. 7.

Journalist Michael Shellenberger released the fourth batch of documents that show internal communications by the company’s executives between Jan. 6-8, 2021, including and shortly after the riot at the Capitol Building, according to Fox News.

The files also showed Twitter maintained a policy — called “Public-interest exceptions” — where elected officials were not banned as there was a great public interest in their comments, even if they seemed to violate other policies.

While Trump’s temporary suspension was lifted, this second policy was specifically and intentionally ignored in Trump’s case, Shellenberger reported. Dorsey was also on vacation at the time of Trump’s ban.

“Dorsey was on vacation in French Polynesia the week of January 4-8, 2021,” Shellenberger reported. The chief executive delegated much of the responsibility to senior executives, including former Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth and former Head of Legal, Policy, & Trust Vijaya Gadde, who Shellenberger points out were “overwhelmingly progressive.”

“Twitter employees recognize the difference between their own politics & Twitter’s Terms of Service (TOS), but they also engage in complex interpretations of content in order to stamp out prohibited tweets,” Shellenberger also pointed out.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Not just Michelle (or Michael) but the wretched Barack, too, was involved in this. Both should be investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  2. I`ve never been on any social media platform, Twitter, facebook, etc. I do not understand people`s fear of the spoken words when it comes from someone they disagree with. when I turned 18 in January of 1956 I voted for General Eisenhower, a Republican, 4 years later Kennedy, a Democrat, many years later Ross perot, an Independent. The last Democrat I voted for was Carter. Even though I disagreed with some of his policies I regard Carter as a nice decent person who loves America and cares for our citizens, unlike the current leaders of the Democrat Party and some Republicans. I always vote for whom appears will do the most good positive things for our citizens. People criticize Trump for his rants & tweets, but when dealing with normal people like our allies they like him, his attitude & his pro capitalist stand rather than socialism. Our enemies respect him. Democrats rather than try to improve on all the good he did in 4 years do the opposite, which hurts us and makes no sense? They hate & fear him for creating jobs taking dependent people off welfare? Lets hope we elect him again and return to a normal friendly America!

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