‘Twitter Files’ Release Details Hectic Debate to Ban Trump — Despite Lack of Policy Violations

The fifth installment of “Twitter Files” revealed that top executives and staffers inside the social media giant pushed for former President Donald Trump to be banned from the platform following the incident at the Capitol — despite company monitors initially finding no policy violations in the tweets by the former president.

Trump was banned from Twitter on January 8, two days after the breach of the Capitol building. The former president tweeted twice that morning, including once to praise people who had supported him at the ballot box.

“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future,” tweeted Trump, adding, “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

However, monitors in charge of determining whether or not the former president’s posts should warrant a ban saw nothing wrong with either of his tweets.

“I think we’d have a hard time saying this is incitement,” wrote one monitor. “It’s pretty clear he’s saying the ‘American Patriots’ are the ones who voted for him and not the terrorists (we can call them that, right?) from [January 6].”

A second monitor agreed, saying, “Don’t see the incitement angle here.” Policy official Annika Navroli agreed, saying, “I also am not seeing clear or coded incitement in the DJT tweet. I’ll respond in the elections channel and say that our team has assessed and found no [violations] for the DJT one.”

Before Trump’s ban was handed down, former head of “trust and safety” at Twitter, Yoel Roth, who played a crucial role in the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, told colleagues of his concerns over the continuing debate.

“Multiple Tweeps have quoted The Banality of Evil suggesting that people implementing our policies are like Nazis following orders,” said Roth to a colleague, adding, “People are angry and want to express themselves, but the way the conversation happens can close off meaningful engagement.”

Trump reinstated to Twitter, has yet to Tweet

Former President Trump was reinstated on Twitter last month by new CEO Elon Musk; however, he has yet to tweet from his resurrected account. Instead, he continues to share his thoughts on his Truth Social social media platform.

Details of Twitter’s policies and actions pre-Musk have been made public beginning December 2, when journalist Matt Taibbi began detailing how Twitter censored The Post’s explosive report on Hunter Biden’s business dealings, as was revealed by documents on the younger Biden’s abandoned laptop.
On December 8, details about how the social media giant was secretly “blacklisting” conservative accounts and users were released. However, the platform justified keeping posts from pro-Biden users revealed Taibbi.

The newest release of files also indicated Twitter was in contact with federal agencies and the FBI about the so-called “misinformation” on the site.