The Sham ‘Twitter Files’ Exposé Actually Proves that Trump’s Coup Plot was Appropriately Muted

The new regime at Twitter has been engaging in what it calls an “exposé” of alleged censorship of conservatives in general – and Donald Trump in particular – on the part of Twitter’s prior management team. However, their efforts thus far have been pitifully underwhelming and have failed to prove any of their outrageous and unfounded allegations.

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When Elon Musk took control over Twitter he portrayed himself as a “free speech absolutist” who aspired to bring a dialogue to the service that was unfettered by bias and censorship. In reality, Musk just inserted his own personal biases and revealed that he has no grasp of what free speech really means. He also demonstrated that his absolutist approach only permits unfettered hate speech. Consequently, despite his instance that Twitter would not become a “free-for-all hellscape,” that’s precisely what it became shortly after he took the reins.

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Last week Musk put out the first of what he promised would be a series of revelations exposing the bias of Twitter. That first release was pathetically devoid of any of the bombshells they teased. Although it succeeded in doxing private citizens and putting them at risk for harm.

Now the latest release of Musk’s multipart melodrama was posted Friday night. It consisted of 67 tweets by his protégé/puppet, Matt Taibbi, that ostensibly unveiled a vast conspiracy against conservative tweeters. Suffice to say that it was another nothingburger that failed utterly to prove its predetermined point.

To the contrary, Taibbi actually proved that the staff at Twitter acted responsibly to prevent Trump from inciting further violence during the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. For example, the seventh tweet explicitly laid out how carefully considered any decisions were to tag or suspend potentially violating tweets and users…

7. Twitter executives removed Trump in part over what one executive called the “context surrounding”: actions by Trump and supporters “over the course of the election and frankly last 4+ years.” In the end, they looked at a broad picture. But that approach can cut both ways.

This tweet included a screenshot of the remarks by Twitter moderation staff…

“[H]ere is our quick take: the decision on whether to pull that particular tweet or use that as the last straw for trump depends on many factors including: (1) The overall context and narrative in which that tweet lives – we currently analyze tweets and consider them on a tweet-by-tweet basis which does not appropriately take into account the surrounding context – you can use the telling fire into a crowded theater example – context matters and the narrative that trump and his friends have pursued over the course of this election and frankly the last 4+ years must be taken into account.”

How Taibbi can regard this as evidence of bias is puzzling. It shows a respect for analyzing tweets that takes into consideration the context and the tweeter’s prior comments in order to fully understand their intent. It’s exactly how content moderation should be done. But Taibbi exhibits his bias in the tweets that followed…

8. The bulk of the internal debate leading to Trump’s ban took place in those three January days [6-8]. However, the intellectual framework was laid in the months preceding the Capitol riots.

9. Before J6, Twitter was a unique mix of automated, rules-based enforcement, and more subjective moderation by senior executives. As @BariWeiss reported, the firm had a vast array of tools for manipulating visibility, most all of which were thrown at Trump (and others) pre-J6.

10. As the election approached, senior executives – perhaps under pressure from federal agencies, with whom they met more as time progressed – increasingly struggled with rules, and began to speak of “vios” as pretexts to do what they’d likely have done anyway.

Taibbi is making a wholly manufactured assessment about what he calls the preceding “intellectual framework,” whatever that means. Then he complains that Twitter responsibly employed “rules-based enforcement,” that he baselessly calls subjective, and he whines that their moderation tools were “thrown at Trump.” Maybe that’s because Trump had violated Twitter’s rule innumerable times in the weeks and months that preceded January 6th.

However, the worst part of this screed was Taibbi’s claim that when senior executives “began to speak of ‘vios'” [violations] it was “perhaps under pressure from federal agencies.” Really? He could have just as credibly have said that it was “perhaps under pressure from Martians.” He provided zero evidence of anything resembling pressure by federal agencies or any other entity, terrestrial or otherwise.

That is representative how carelessly and dishonestly Taibbi put together this sham. His only purpose was to create a store of material that Republicans and Trump cultists could link to in order to advance their crackpot conspiracy theories and yammer about conservatives being victims of evil “Big Tech” liberals. The truth is that Twitter long ago admitted that their algorithms favored right-wingers. And near the end of the 67 tweet harangue was one that expressly outlined the situation with regard to Trump’s hostile incitements…

“An update on actions we’re taking as a result of what’s happening in DC today. We have removed (bounced) 3 tweets from @realDonaldTrump on 6 January 2020 [sic] for making unfounded claims of voter fraud and election theft, which must be viewed in the context of the violence in Washington DC today and reasonably can be expected to continue to incite and inspire violent acts around the country. We are requiring a 12-hour timeout following the removal of these tweets. We also have tweeted so there’s transparency in our actions and making it clear that future violations of the Twitter Rules will result in permanent suspension.”

That message completely negates virtually everything that Taibbi had falsely framed prior to it. But he still maintains that his work proves there was a bias at Twitter against Trump and other conservatives. If there was, it was a bias against allowing a treasonous, twice impeached, wannabe dictator from staging a violent coup. And Musk’s rush to reinstate Trump’s account further affirms that he couldn’t care less about the welfare of this nation or its people.

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22 thoughts on “The Sham ‘Twitter Files’ Exposé Actually Proves that Trump’s Coup Plot was Appropriately Muted

  1. And, despite his saying that the “violence” in DC today will be moderated. To prevent the violence spreading around the country? Elon Musk leans surely toward conservatives. My favorite example is the free reign he gives the two idiots from Georgia and Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, respectfully. Although I don’t belong to twitter, I can read their their ongoing tripe. They are nothing but a broken record for Trump. And Trump on twitter? He reminds me of the wild raccoon in Connecticut I read about today who attacked a 5 yr old daughter and her mother. Before the mother pealed it off and threw it into the road. Trump is attacking America. Please, like the raccoon, send this beast back into the woods or from wherever the F-ck he came.

    • Misspelled “respectively.” No way in hell would I respect these two.

  2. So why hasn’t Jack Dorsey discredited this crapola?

  3. This Musk SOB is just a carbon copy of Donald TUMP and is just as evil. But they both do as they please and it makes no difference how illegal what they do, they will NEVER spend a minute in prison for what they do. The have the system bribed and paid off to stay free. Paid off and bribed Federal Judges will dismiss and drop charges against them. I am officially giving up on all politics, i have had it with the rigged crap. Also, kiss the 51-49 Democratic majority after what that low life, self serving tramp Kristen Enema did this past week, she is a damn traitor too and now is in the same rank as Marjorie Traitor Goon and Laren Boebert…. she is sorry as hell and low down. The United States is a lost cause and will become a third world nation in less than 2 years… It is well on it’s way now. I hope i am either dead or a resident of my beloved Nova Scotia, Canada by 2024. TUMP and Musk will rule after 2024. And a dystiopian landscape will exist here with a Dictatorship authoritartian leadership.

    • IF Trump wins the election. I personally think most American voters are getting downright sick of him. Even the Republicans. However the Republicans will continue with their sordid ideas, even with TRump biting the wind or in prison or both. John, don’t quit. You are the spice of the progressives.

    • can I come with? either option is okay with me at this point.

  4. I honestly think there is no way TUMP wins if the 2024 election is fairly administered. But something sure does need to be done to restore our voting rights that used to be in force before the corrupt Extreme Court and corrupt judges gutted them to suit their preferences. These criminal judges we have on there now are constantly seeking right wing extremists opinions and basing their decisions on favoring the reactionary right wing extremists. it’s my hope that Dems start to push back hard at these extremists in the next 2 years and stand up to them and say, ” We have had enough of their ludicrous and insane ideas. I am not going to quit pushing my thoughts and ideas to our Democratic Senators here in GA. I really have been frustrated for the past 2 days at some of the things i have been reading about the things that have been going on with the TUMP thing and about that traitor Kristin Enema. That woman is nothing but a female Donald TUMP. I despise that woman, and she loves to show herself by wearing tight clothing and push up bras and showing off herself. She deceived the Democratic party and should not even be allowed to be a Senator. PERIOD!

    • Firstly why is my information erased every time I try to access this blog? As an elderly woman, am I that fierce? John, the Supreme court blocked Trump’s appeal not to allow the Jan 6 Committee to go about their business. The Supreme Court only gave a temporary halt to that tax problem of Trump’s. And I read that the New York District Attorney, after the conviction of two of Trump’s companies for tax fraud , has stated that investigations of Trump are ongoing and his many crimes are being investigated. I believe our DOJ is still intact. That gerrymandering may be outlawed, Yes, I have written, also to Senators (from Ohio, with the exception of corkscrew Vance) Kristin Sinema has nothing to show off but fat oozing over her push ups . John, we still have a majority in the Senate And Kevin McCarthy is not a sure bet for leader. It takes 218 votes, and he is in a battle with House Republicans. We can fight these right wing extremists with social medias and voting (no matter how the process of voting is getting messed up.) I am on Social Security also. I read that what these Republicans mean to do is to raise the age by which one is able to receive it. I think we should fight! I was under the impression you were up for it. If one social media doesn’t want us, go to another one. There are many.

  5. It’s interesting that any attempt to block Russian interference in American elections is viewed as “censoring conservatives” but I’m afraid the shoe fits. Look for Republicans in the House to try to defund any more aid to Ukraine in order to help Russia out in return for their election help.

    • The rest of the House and the Senate won’t stand for it. We are still a Democracy. And pigs like Marjorie Taylor Greene are not going to get their way to spend money on baby food instead of Ukraine. And that goes for her plans to impeach President Biden. God!! Get rid of these extremists!

      • I heard about that ”Impeach Biden ‘thing’ also. They have no grounds whatsoever to impeach him. Is that MTG goon that ignorant? Is she going to just make up something. These deluded idiot Rethugs. are should i say, these MAGAt house member now aren’t interested in governing, they are hell bent and determined to execute revenge on the Democratic party. It’s my bet they will only further embarrass themselves in their quest for revenge.. They are domestic terrorists and should be in prison instead of members of our congress.

        • Did you hear she (MTG) put on Twitter that a fart contained in well reinforced underwear is comparable to protection from Covid?

          • I haven’t heard about that. That one of the most insane statements that I’ve ever heard. I wonder where she got that one??? Probably from one of the ignorant backwoods hicks in her district, that sounds just like what one of them would say. Believe me, there are some dumb and deluded people like that there and even here in my area. Knowing MTG, she probably likes to hang out with these ignorant hicks and they fart around each other and see which ones smell the worst.. Her’s are most likely the most vile smelling. These morons are disgusting…

            • I had to laugh out loud at that our one. We stay up stairs in my son’s home during weekdays so w can take care of our little angel granddaughter. They could probably hear me downstairs.

            • See, John, we have one posting wanting to come with you and one retweeting you to Elon Musk.

          • I got one of those comments, but one of them i didn’t know about until i got an email today. For some reason 2 comments i made over the weekend disappeared on the site. They were on immediately after i made the comments, and when i checked this site an hour later they were mysteriously gone. Jo made the comment she was going to post the comment to Elon. Jo is also my ex wife’s name… but i know that is not her as she doesn’t get on sites that discuss politics.. I deleted stored cookies and internet files twice over the weekend, maybe that’s why those comments got lost.. My computer has been running slow and sluggish lately, so i have deleted the internet files and cookies more often than usual. Or maybe it’s the crappy internet service we receive from AT&T.

            • You still have those 2 on MY Mark’s blog. First Midge after your comment about a dystopian landscape and Dictatorship authoritarian leadership. Jo is from Australia. She posted at the end of the blog.

  6. Have taken great pleasure in retweeting this….on Elon’s line…

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