An undercover video released Monday shows a senior executive at Twitter promising the company will step up its efforts to ban or curtail users of the platform.
“One of the interesting things is a lot of the work that we’ve been doing over the last week is work that we’ve built on in other places around the world, where we’ve seen violence unfold as a result of either misleading information or coded rhetoric,” Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, policy and trust & safety lead, says in the footage, which is dated Jan. 8, after Twitter suspended President Donald Trump but before it permanently banned him.
Gadde and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said they’d read a letter from Twitter employees calling to ban Trump but said they saw how the president had returned from the suspension trying to “deescalate the situation.”
That “has been helpful and important for some, if not all of the people who are following him,” she added, describing Trump’s posts as “messages of conciliation and asking protesters to leave and to be peaceful, etc.”
“We’ve seen violence unfold as a result of misleading information or coded rhetoric…”
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 18, 2021
Twitter banned Trump for good later that day, accusing him of posting in violation of the company’s glorification of violence policy. Trump described the move as a violation of free speech in coordination with Democrats.
The internal call, which was released by watchdog group Project Veritas, showed Gadde plotting to increase enforcement, in part by utilizing tools to curtail the extent to which some posts can spread.
“We decided to escalate our enforcement of the civic integrity policy and use a label that disabled engagements to stop the spread of potentially inflammatory content, which is the content around election interference, election fraud, stealing the election, that type of thing,” Gadde said.
“We’re going to actually be more aggressive in our enforcement beyond de-amplification,” she added. Accounts whose primary purpose is spreading “QAnon theories” and other “conspiracy theories” will be permanently suspended.
Three days later, Twitter suspended over 70,000 accounts it said promoted content related to QAnon, a movement that posits the collusion of elites for nefarious purposes, including pedophilia.
The new footage was mostly focused on Gadde. Project Veritas previously published footage from the same call showing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaking.
A Twitter spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email, “The remarks shown in the video were delivered to our more than 5,400 employees and are nearly the same words Jack shared in a recent Tweet Thread offering context around and reflections on our work to protect the conversation in recent weeks.”
Dorsey spoke publicly about the ban of Trump for the first time last week, saying it set a precedent that “is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”
Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.