The fifth release of the “Twitter Files” details Trump’s final hours on the platform while staffers were furious

The fifth part of the bombshell Twitter Files revealed Monday that staffers at the social media giant were pushing for former President Donald Trump to be allegedly banned from the social media platform forever.

Trump was banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021, two days after a mob of his supporters breached the Capitol and disrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

According to journalist Bari Weiss, Trump tweeted twice on the morning of the 8th — once to praise the nearly 75 million Americans who voted for him in the election, proclaiming, “You will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way ! !!”

In a second tweet, Trump announced that he would not be attending Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

According to Weiss, the first tweet caused an uproar among Twitter workers, with one writing, “We have to do the right thing here and ban this account.”

“[E]Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary leadership,” wrote another, while a third added, “It is [sic] It’s pretty obvious he’ll try to thread the needle of incitement without breaking the rules.

Trump was reinstated by new CEO Elon Musk last month, but he has yet to tweet from the revived account, instead continuing to share his thoughts on his Truth Social platform.

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Then-President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021.
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Weiss, a former editor and writer at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times who now runs a substack site called The Free Press, is one of three independent journalists given access to Twitter’s internal news.

On Saturday, writer Michael Shellenberger outlined how Twitter workers pushed for policy changes to shut out Trump in the wake of the riot blamed for the deaths of five people.

Details of Twitter’s actions and policies under the pre-Musk regime were leaked occasionally starting December 2, when journalist Matt Taibbi detailed how the company suppressed the Post’s bombshell report on Hunter Biden’s foreign business interests, as from Preserved documents appear on the first son’s abandoned laptop.

The second part, published by Weiss on December 8, details how the social media giant secretly “blacklisted” conservative users and accounts. But the platform leaned back to justify keeping posts from users who were pro-Biden, Taibbi revealed the next day.

The third piece of filing also indicated that Twitter was in contact with the FBI and other federal agencies about what it called “misinformation” that was being circulated on the site. The fifth release of the “Twitter Files” details Trump’s final hours on the platform while staffers were furious


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