Trump Ban on Twitter Came After Michelle Obama Demanded Removal

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President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter the day after former first lady Michelle Obama demanded the company “permanently” remove him.

Internal documents revealed by Elon Musk show that Democrats colluded with the social media giants like Twitter and openly violated Americans’ basic right to free speech, including President Trump’s rights.

If certain speech is politically inconvenient, such as the Hunter Biden laptop story, Twitter would censor, delete, and ban users at the Democrats’ request.

CEO Elon Musk and journalist Michael Shellenberger released the fourth batch of Twitter documents that show internal communications by the company’s executives between Jan. 6-8, 2021.

“Internal and external pressure,” including from the former first lady, caused the company to ban Trump.

Michelle Obama said, “And if we have any hope of improving this nation, now is the time for swift and serious consequences for the failure of leadership that led to yesterday’s shame.”

The Anti-Defamation League and other prominent people and organizations called for Trump’s ban.

Then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banned Trump on January 7th.

He wrote an email to employees instructing them “to remain consistent in its policies, including the right of users to return to Twitter after a temporary suspension.”

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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.

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“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.”

“In 2018, 2020, and 2022, 96%, 98%, & 99% of Twitter staff’s political donations went to Democrats,” Shellenberger reported.

“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.

A day after Dorsey’s email, Trump was permanently suspended for how his posts were being “received and interpreted.”