Twitter banned Trump while allowing others to call for genocide

 December 13, 2022

Elon Musk generated headlines earlier this month when he released material that documented how Twitter staff colluded with Democrats prior to the 2020 presidential election.

Musk caused another stir this past weekend by revealing previously unknown details surrounding the decision to ban former President Donald Trump permanently from the platform. 

Those revelations came through journalist Michael Shellenberger, who laid out the backstory behind Trump's banishment in a long series of tweets posted on Sunday.

Trump was subjected to special rules

Shellenberger explained that there was a growing push to remove Trump from Twitter following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

This included public pressure from former First Lady Michelle Obama along with left-wing groups such as the Anti-Defamation League.

However, communications involving Twitter trust and safety head Yoel Roth show the company was struggling to find an excuse to remove the then-president, and it eventually decided to create a special standard for him that other world leaders were not subject to.

Shellenberger noted that tweets by government officials were normally protected by the "public-interest exceptions policy." While this rule allowed an otherwise prohibited statement "if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern," a decision was made to exclude Trump from the policy.

Twitter banned Trump but allowed others to call for genocide

Journalist Barri Weiss demonstrated this in a tweet thread of her own on Monday by showing how other political figures flouted the rules in a way Trump had not and yet still remained on the platform.

This included open calls for genocide, such as when Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei characterized Israel as "a malignant cancerous tumor" that needs to be "removed and eradicated."

Similarly, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad posted a tweet in which he endorsed killing millions of French people.

Although Mohamad's tweet was later removed, he was not banned from Twitter. What's more, the ayatollah's tweet was not taken down and his account faced no sanctions.

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