(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The release of part four of the Twitter files revealed that the head of Twitter Trust and Safety worked to create a “strike” system in order to censor outspoken Republican politicians.
Communications from Yoel Roth, a former Twitter employee, show him actively seeking out flimsy reasons to ban Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fla, even though it “doesn’t quite fit right anywhere.”
Roth pushes for a permanent suspension of Rep. Matt Gaetz even though it “doesn’t quite fit anywhere (duh)”
It's a kind of test case for the rationale for banning Trump.
“I’m trying to talk [Twitter’s] safety [team] into… removal as a conspiracy that incites violence.” pic.twitter.com/ZQP6u1zevy
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 11, 2022
“What’s latest on Antifa claims? Anything brewing policy-wise? C is yelling from the other room that we should just ban Gaetz,” wrote a Twitter employee.
According to the Post Millennial, Roth attempted to ban Gaetz for things that he said around the time of January 6.
“Yeah – SP and SI are working on that,” Roth said. “It doesn’t quite fit anywhere (duh).”
“But I’m trying to talk safety into treating it as incitement,” Roth added.
The latest release of files also showed that Roth did not think former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey went far enough when it came to censoring influential right wing accounts such as former President Donald Trump.
Roth took it upon himself to eliminate accounts that espoused different viewpoints, devising a strike system in order to expel them.
“‘Jack just approved repeat offender for civic integrity.’ The new approach would create a system where five violations (‘strikes’) would result in permanent suspension,” journalist Michael Schellenberger tweeted.
Roth attempted to bypass Dorsey’s authority, calling on former Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde to take action.
Dorsey did approve the strike system; users that incurred strikes would receive labels which would indicate the severity of the strike. On the third strike users would receive a 12 hour time out, the fourth would result in a strike and a week suspension and a fifth would mean permanent suspension for the user.
There is no indication as to what Gaetz’s claims about Antifa were, but there is suspicion that Antifa members were instigating the January 6 protest.
“If the reports are true,” Gaetz said in reference to a Washington Times report, “some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group antifa.”