‘Twitter Files’ Part III: Trump was ‘shadow-banned’ days before election; Weekly meetings with FBI

by WorldTribune Staff, December 10, 2022

Elon Musk authorized release of the third installment of “The Twitter Files,” which will be the first in a series detailing the decision to ban President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. See below.

The new releases confirm Trump was “visibility filtered” about a week before the election despite not appearing “to have a particular violation.” They revealed employees worked with urgency to prevent any of Trump’s tweets being “replied to, shared, or liked.”

In other words, Donald Trump was “shadow-banned” in the last week before the 2020 presidential election.

Journalist Matt Taibbi, who also released the first part of the series, noted that “the internal communications at Twitter between January 6th-January 8th have clear historical import” and that employees “understood in the moment that it was a landmark moment in the annals of speech.”

Taibbi added that senior executives were “clearly liasing” with federal agencies regarding the moderation of content related to the 2020 election that weekly meetings involved officials from the FBI and DHS, and also the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

Following are selected tweets from the latest release: