Twitter Files 4, released by Michael Schellenberger, deals with the removal of Donald Trump from social media. On Jan. 7, Twitter began building a case for a permanent ban.
On Jan 7, senior Twitter execs: – create justifications to ban Trump – seek a change of policy for Trump alone, distinct from other political leaders – express no concern for the free speech or democracy implications of a ban.
Twitter violated its policies to stop the spread of truthful information about the Hunter Biden laptop. Twitter already had blacklists of de-amplified people. They were censoring tweets as they met with government agents weekly.
For years, Twitter had resisted calls to ban Trump. “Blocking a world leader from Twitter,” it wrote in 2018, “would hide important info… [and] hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.” But after Jan. 6, internal and external pressure ratcheted up.