The Fourth Edition Of ‘Twitter Files’ Shows Senior Twitter Execs Changed Their Rules To Ban Donald Trump

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Another day, another fascinating episode of the Twitter Files.

Over the past week, Twitter threads from independent journalists have exposed details about the company’s former management.

They have not come off well.

The first round examined the disturbing decision to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story. Naturally, the institutional left mostly downplayed the news since it benefitted their political party.

But then Musk and the files kept coming.

The second round, released by Bari Weiss, showed that Twitter was repeatedly engaged in “shadow banning” accounts.


Of course, former CEO Jack Dorsey and other company executives had been on the record denying ever shadow banning anyone over politics.

The third episode uncovered the process that went into their labeling and silencing of former President Donald Trump.

Unsurprisingly, it revealed a group of far left activists inside the company prioritized politics over free speech.


Now the fourth installment has been released from Mike Shellenberger, another independent journalist.

And it immediately started with a bang.

Shellenberger posted that “senior Twitter execs” specifically sought to create justifications to ban Trump and “seek a change of policy for Trump alone.”

Twitter Executives Targeted Trump

Just that revelation alone is enough to show that company executives specifically targeted him.

Trump was banned on Twitter because of executives searching for justification
Former President Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

And it’s not entirely surprising that they did so, considering the hatred many in the media and on the activist left had for the former president.

But Shellenger showed just how overjoyed they were to create new policies to get him off the platform.

Yoel Roth, who parlayed a PhD dissertation on using Grindr into essentially running Twitter’s “Trust and safety” team, couldn’t hide his excitement.

Roth basically ran the company’s enforcement decisions, sidelining Dorsey.

He almost certainly contributed to what happened next.

Trump Banned Over Inconsistent Policies

A few days after Jan. 6, Twitter banned Trump permanently based on how his tweets were being “received and interpreted.”

Except just over a year prior, they specifically said they did not use intent to determine bans.

But that’s exactly what they did in Trump’s case.

The blatant inconsistency was clearly done with intent. Execs knew they were contradicting their own policies, but didn’t care because it got the bad orange man off the platform.

This is what was happening at Twitter before Musk took over. Twitter employees made enforcement decisions up on the fly, based on the political orientation of the user.

Republicans had their tweets flagged or suppressed, while Democrats like Eric Holder had labels immediately removed.

Trump is banned over an unequally enforced policy, while Nancy Pelosi is allowed to be an “election denier” without punishment.

Musk might have overpaid for Twitter, but we are all reaping the benefits of his purchase. Everyone knew they were hopelessly biased, but seeing how dishonest they are is almost too good to bear.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. But I have to listen to boomers and people who spend a lot of time with boomers talk about how “Trump can’t win” or “Trump is the problem”

    Well imagine how things would go if Big Tech and the media weren’t completely biased against him? Neuter them and suddenly the outlook is less bleak.

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