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Wed Feb 8, 2023, 02:19 PM Feb 2023

Twitter Kept Entire 'Database' of Republican Requests to Censor Posts


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WHEN THE WHITE House called up Twitter in the early morning hours of September 9, 2019, officials had what they believed was a serious issue to report: Famous model Chrissy Teigen had just called President Donald Trump “a pussy ass bitch” on Twitter — and the White House wanted the tweet to come down.

That exchange — revealed during Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing on Twitter by Rep. Gerry Connolly — and others like it are nowhere to be found in Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files” releases, which have focused almost exclusively on requests from Democrats and the feds to the social media company. The newly empowered Republican majority in the House of Representatives is now devoting significant resources and time to investigating this supposed “collusion” between liberal politicians and Twitter. Some Republicans even believe the release of the “Twitter Files” is the “tip of the spear” of their crusade against the alleged liberal bias of Big Tech.

But former Trump administration officials and Twitter employees tell Rolling Stone that the White House’s Teigan tweet demand was hardly an isolated incident: The Trump administration and its allied Republicans in Congress routinely asked Twitter to take down posts they objected to — the exact behavior that they’re claiming makes President Biden, the Democrats, and Twitter complicit in an anti-free speech conspiracy to muzzle conservatives online.

“It was strange to me when all of these investigations were announced because it was all about the exact same stuff that we had done [when Donald Trump was in office],” one former top aide to a senior Trump administration official tells Rolling Stone. “It was normal.”

Twitter Kept Entire 'Database' of Republican Requests to Censor Posts (Original Post) Nevilledog Feb 2023 OP
I'm sure Hack Taibbi will be all over this one........ aaany day now...nt Carlitos Brigante Feb 2023 #1
Sure he'll address this 👇 Nevilledog Feb 2023 #14
I'm shocked... progressoid Feb 2023 #2
Glad this is finally coming out. We all knew Matt Taibi was telling half truths and peddling emulatorloo Feb 2023 #3
We have video. Teigen's tweet is now in the Congressional record underpants Feb 2023 #4
Gonna make that my ringtone....lol #PAB Nevilledog Feb 2023 #5
😆 I was thinking someone could loop it into a video underpants Feb 2023 #6
Exposure is a killer MagickMuffin Feb 2023 #7
TFG, TDFG, Pisswig dweller Feb 2023 #8
Ha-Ha! Mike Nelson Feb 2023 #9
That's because for these republican liars... canuckledragger Feb 2023 #10
And I thought it was claudette Feb 2023 #11
He wasn't. Nevilledog Feb 2023 #13
K&R Solly Mack Feb 2023 #12


(48,926 posts)
14. Sure he'll address this 👇
Wed Feb 8, 2023, 05:04 PM
Feb 2023

Tweet text:

AOC: So Twitter changed their own policy after Trump violated it to accommodate his tweets?

Watch on Twitter
9:34 AM · Feb 8, 2023

Mike Nelson

(9,681 posts)
9. Ha-Ha!
Wed Feb 8, 2023, 03:15 PM
Feb 2023

... I think I know the answer... they needed to know if the phrase exceeded the "three insults" limit. I say no. Examine the original Tweet. Trump is a "pussy ass bitch." That's one. Now if it was three separate tweets... "Trump is a pussy" and "Trump is an ass" and "Trump is a bitch" - THAT would be THREE. Also, note the original Tweet did not employ commas.


(2,700 posts)
11. And I thought it was
Wed Feb 8, 2023, 03:28 PM
Feb 2023

brought up at the hearing that Biden wasn’t in office when they requested that the pic of Hunter Biden’s privates be taken down

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