During the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency, social media giant Twitter took an enormous risk.
The platform decided, on its own, that there was too much potential for violence should Trump remain able to freely speak to his followers on the social media site. Their response: Permanently suspend his account and restrict the posting ability of government accounts to which the Commander in Chief may have access.
The move backfired on Twitter in at least one regard, as the company suffered a rather large drop in stock price immediately following the decision.
Banishing the President also brought Twitter’s censorship policies into focus in a big way, and now a leaked video from deep within the company expounds on their “global approach” to censorship in the United States.
The investigative journalism group Project Veritas recently published insider footage of Twitter’s Legal, Policy, and Trust Lead discussing plans for Twitter’s expansion of moderation enforcement on a global scale. Progressive Twitter exec Vijaya Gadde described applying the company’s “global approach” to censorship to Americans including political leaders, reaffirming the company’s belief that President Donald Trump’s posts were “inciting violence and having real-world harm.”
In a video recently published by Project Veritas, Twitter’s Legal, Policy, and Trust Lead Vijaya Gadde discusses the details of the social media site’s plans to expand its censorship of “harmful speech” on its platform.
Gadde discusses the company’s plans to permanently suspend accounts promoting “conspiracy theories,” and reaffirms that Twitter believes that President Trump’s tweets were “inciting violence and having real-world harm.”
And that’s not all:
At one point while discussing new censorship plans, Gadde states: “In other places around the world where we’ve seen violence unfold as a result of either misleading information or coded rhetoric. So a lot of our learnings here have come from other markets so in that sense, you know, we do feel like it is — this is our global approach.”
The video in question can be seen below:
“We’ve seen violence unfold as a result of misleading information or coded rhetoric…”
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 18, 2021
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