‘Twitter Files’: Trump Banned Despite No Policy Violation

  • On Jan. 8, 2021, the day that Twitter banned then-President Donald Trump, the company’s executives initially decided that Trump’s final tweets were not in violation of Twitter’s rules, according to the release of the latest “Twitter Files.”
  • Journalist Bari Weiss reported that Trump’s first tweet on Jan. 8 did not include “clear or coded incitement,” and the second was clearly not a violation.
  • However, roughly 90 minutes later, former head of legal, policy, and trust Vijaya Gadde, argued that while the first tweet was not “a rule violation on its face,” it could possibly have been posted “as coded incitement to further violence,” Weiss reported.

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