Twitter kicked off a landslide of Big Tech bans on President Donald Trump and his allies in the wake of last week’s deadly riot on Capitol Hill.
As the social media company’s CEO revealed in a newly released hidden video from Project Veritas, however, the permanent suspension of the president’s account is only the beginning of a major purge.
“Focused on one account”
The video was reportedly recorded and delivered to Project Veritas by a whistleblower working within the Twitter organization.
In it, CEO Jack Dorsey details his company’s plans for ongoing and widespread removal of conservative content and accounts.
“We know we are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account,” he told staffers. “And it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration.”
Dorsey went on to explain that the company’s “focus is certainly on this account and how it ties to real-world violence” but encouraged employees to “think much longer-term around how these dynamics play out over time,” adding that he does not “believe this is going away anytime soon.”
Over the span of a week, Twitter reportedly removed roughly 70,000 accounts linked to the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy collective. In his remarks, Dorsey pointed to “moves that we’re making today around QAnon” while leaving open the possibility of broader purges in coming weeks and months.
“This was the right decision”
Of course, Dorsey had already addressed the situation in a tweet of his own, leading the company to downplay the revelations included in the latest Project Veritas report.
“Does it really count if your CEO tweets it out to the world the day before?” asked Twitter spokesperson Brandon Borrman in his tweet on the matter.
Dorsey claimed that he did “not celebrate or feel pride” over the decision to ban Trump but felt it was in the best interest of the company.
“After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter,” he tweeted. “Was this correct? I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, however, had a different take on the actions of social media firms, insisting: “They may be private companies, but they have more power than all three branches of government.”