The series of tweets suggests Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was a bystander to what would follow. “Dorsey was on vacation in French Polynesia the week of January 4-8, 2021,” Shellenberger tweeted, saying former Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth and former Head of Legal, Policy, & Trust Vijaya Gadde were the lead executives handling the question of whether to ban Trump after the events of Jan. 6.
But after the events of Jan 6, the internal and external pressure on Twitter CEO @jack grows.Former First Lady @michelleobama , tech journalist @karaswisher , @ADL , high-tech VC @ChrisSacca , and many others, publicly call on Twitter to permanently ban Trump. pic.twitter.com/RzNj7WJReg — Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 10, 2022
For context, Shellenberger would reference a 2017 Roth tweet claiming there were “ACTUAL NAZIS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.” Shellenberger said the information he accessed shows Dorsey was worried about staying within the boundaries of Twitter’s policies while Roth and others were pushing to have Trump permanently banned.
In 2017, Roth tweeted that there were “ACTUAL NAZIS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.”In April 2022, Roth told a colleague that his goal “is to drive change in the world,” which is why he decided not to become an academic. pic.twitter.com/1Bi7fNHfWP — Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 10, 2022
The messages examined by Shellenberger found only one instance of pushback, he tweeted.
Around 11:30 am PT, Roth DMs his colleagues with news that he is excited to share.“GUESS WHAT,” he writes. “Jack just approved repeat offender for civic integrity.” The new approach would create a system where five violations (“strikes”) would result in permanent suspension. pic.twitter.com/F1KYqd1Xea — Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 11, 2022
Under Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, Trump has been allowed to return to Twitter, and his account with all its years of tweets has been restored. Trump has said he will remain on his Truth Social platform. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
“This might be an unpopular opinion but one off ad hoc decisions like this that don’t appear rooted in policy are imho a slippery slope… This now appears to be a fiat by an online platform CEO with a global presence that can gatekeep speech for the entire world…” pic.twitter.com/4pedmgY8pa— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 11, 2022