Twitter insider leaks tape of CEO Jack Dorsey telling staff Trump ban is 'bigger than just one account' and will 'go on beyond the inauguration'

  • Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, held a virtual forum with their 5,400 employees
  • The meeting on Thursday was leaked to Project Veritas
  • Dorsey says their recent moves were 'bigger than just one account'
  • He said he understood the focus on the president but the actions were broader
  • Dorsey said the issues were not going away and said they would remain vigilant
  • Trump's children and aides will be blocked if he uses their accounts 
  • Twitter has been accused by Trump and others of censorship of free speech
  • Dorsey insists that the actions are essential to prevent the inciting of violence 
  • Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey has been recorded during an internal meeting saying that the company's clampdown on inciting violence will go much further than simply banning Donald Trump.

    The president was permanently barred from Twitter on Friday, with Twitter saying: 'We have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.'

    Trump's children and aides have been warned not to allow the president to use their accounts to circumvent the blockade.'If we have a reason to believe he's using other accounts for the purposes of evading the suspension, the accounts could face permanent suspension under our ban evasion policy,' a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek on Thursday.

    Trump is now blocked from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch, among others. 

    On Thursday Project Veritas, which seeks to expose bias in media, published a clip which they said was given to them by a Twitter whistleblower.

    Jack Dorsey, pictured in October testifying before Congress, held a virtual town hall this week

    Jack Dorsey, pictured in October testifying before Congress, held a virtual town hall this week

    Twitter did not dispute the veracity of the clip, but said it was essentially the same content as Dorsey publicly tweeted on Wednesday. 

    'We know we are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it's going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration,' Dorsey said.'If we have a reason to believe he's using other accounts for the purposes of evading the suspension, the accounts could face permanent suspension under our ban evasion policy,' a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek on Thursday.

    Trump is now blocked from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch, among others. 

    On Thursday Project Veritas, which seeks to expose bias in media, published a clip which they said was given to them by a Twitter whistleblower.

    'So, the focus is certainly on this account and how it ties to real-world violence.

    'But also, we need to think much longer-term around how these dynamics play out over time. I don't believe this is going away anytime soon.'

    Dorsey told staff that Twitter will do a 'full retro' that will 'take some time,' and gave QAnon accounts as an example of those which were being shut down.

    Trump on January 13 issued a video through the White House press office appealing for calm

    Trump on January 13 issued a video through the White House press office appealing for calm

    Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday

    Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday

    Trump's children and aides warned against letting the president use their accounts 

    Donald Trump Jr., has 6.5 million followers, Eric Trump has 4.2 million and Ivanka Trump has 10.2 million.

    All have been careful so far not to share messages from their father.

    Trump initially tried to get around his suspension by tweeting from the official @POTUS account, but his tweets were quickly deleted - Twitter's policy is to delete tweets that violate its rules but not suspend government accounts. 

    Twitter's policy states: 'If an account has been permanently suspended for severe violations of the Twitter Rules, Twitter reserves the right to also permanently suspend any other account we believe the same account holder or entity may be operating in violation of our earlier suspension, regardless of when the other account was created. 

    'You can't circumvent a Twitter suspension by operating, or having someone else operate on your behalf, an account which represents your identity, persona, brand or business persona for a different purpose.'  He told staff, in the clip: 'You should always feel free to express yourself in whatever format manifestation feels right.

    'We do intend to do the full retro as I said in my note, it is going to take some time.

    'And then the other thing, just to close out a little bit: we are focused on one account right now. 

    'But this is going to be much bigger than just one account.

    'And it's going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week. 

    'And the next few weeks and go on beyond the inauguration. We have to expect that, we have to be ready for that,' he said during the call. 

    'So, the focus is certainly on this account and how it ties to real world violence. But also we need to think much longer term around how these dynamics play out over time.

    'I don't believe this is going away any time soon.

    'And the moves that we're making today around QAnon for instance, one such example of a much broader approach we should be looking at and going deeper on.

    'So the team has a lot of work and a lot of focus on this particular issue. But we also need to give them the space and the support to focus on the much bigger picture. Because it is not going away.

    'You know, the U.S. is extremely divided. Our platform is showing that every single day,' Dorsey said to staff in the tape.

    'And our role is to protect the integrity of that conversation and do what we can to make sure that no one is being harmed based off that. And that is our focus.

    'And that is the color we want to provide.' 

    Trump, pictured on January 6, shortly before his incendiary remarks drove the mob to the Capitol. He was banned permanently from Twitter January 8, for what they saw as incitement

    Hours before Trump was barred from Twitter, accounts belonging to three of the most high-profile QAnon promoters - attorney Sidney Powell, her client and former NSA Mike Flynn, and 8kun founder Ron Watkins - were shut down.

    Dorsey's decision to shut down Trump, the most high-profile account blocked to date by far, caught everyone's attention. 

    A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News: '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.'

    On Wednesday, Dorsey defended Twitter's decision to permanently suspend Trump's account, saying that it was the 'right decision.'

    He did, however, say that he knew it was a fine line, and he did not want to 'limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning.'

    Twitter's decision to block the president from their platform is the latest, and the most extreme, salvo in the battle between one of their biggest stars and the tech giant that enables him.

    The confrontation became more intense during the run-up to the election, when Twitter began labelling many of his tweets as containing misinformation and being misleading.

    In May, the president's tweets carried the notation: 'Get the facts about mail-in ballots.'

    By June the labels had evolved to: 'This Tweet violated the rules about abusive behavior.'

    From August, some of his tweets were flagged for having broken their rules about civic and election integrity.



    Deutsche Bank, Signature Bank and the Professional Bank of Florida - which gave Trump an $11million loan in 2018 to buy his sister's home in Palm Beach. 

    The loan has a 4.5 percent interest rate and expires in 2048. He also has between $5million and $25million with them in a revocable trust.

    Deutsche Bank was the first to cut ties after years of controversial dealings. It was Deutsche Bank that continued giving Trump loans in the 1980s and 1990s as others cut him off. 

    Signature Bank in New York followed suit. 

    Citigroup has also paused all political donations until March. 

    'We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law,' Candi Wolff, the bank’s head of government affairs, wrote in an internal memo. 

    Visa, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have all suspended donations through their PACS.

    Big tech 

    Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have been censoring Trump throughout his presidency whenever they say he breaches their rules. 

    In the past, they have merely flagged his tweets or posts as fake or accused him of spreading misinformation. 

    After the riot last week, they blocked his accounts. 

    Facebook says it stands by the decision not to let him use either his Facebook page or Instagram page indefinitely. 

    Twitter - which Trump used to communicate with his followers - says it has permanently banned him. 

    YouTube has also now suspended his account for a week. 

    Parler, the website where many of his supporters openly discussed their plot to storm the Capitol, was scrubbed from Amazon Web Services which in essence, banished it from the internet. 

    Parler sued Amazon for anti-trust violations. Amazon hit back, accusing the website of inciting violent behavior.

    Big business

    Businesses that have suspended political contributions in response to the riot include; 

    • AT&T
    • Amazon
    • Comcast
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Ford
    • Best Buy
    • Marriott International

    The New York State Bar Association is also investigating whether to strip Rudy Giuliani of his ability to practice the law after he appeared at the rally which preceded the riot last Wednesday. 


    The PGA has canceled plans to host its 2022 tournament at Trump's Bedminster New Jersey club. 

    'It's become clear that conducting the PGA championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand,' PGA President Jim Richerson said. 

    The Trump Organization raged against the move, calling it a 'disappointing decision'. 

    'This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement,' the organization said in a statement. 

    The British Open golf championship is no longer being held at Trump Turnberry in Scotland. 

    Bryson DeChambeau also got rid of the Trump logo that was on his bag. 

    New York City

    Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that the city of New York would no longer do business with Trump or the Trump Organization.

    He is ending the city's 30-year-old contracts with the Trump Organization to manage the Wollman and Laserk skating rinks in Central Park, and the Central Park carousel. 

    He is also ending the city's contract with the organization for Trump's golf course in the Bronx, Trump Links Ferry Point. 

    Eric Trump retaliated, saying de Blasio has no right to end the contracts and that the city will owe them $30million if he does. 


    Trump was growing increasingly enraged by the heads of the social media companies who were fact-checking and holding him to account, and sought to retaliate through the law.

    He and his allies began pushing for a repeal of Section 230, which provides social media companies immunity from prosecution for content posted on their platforms - unlike newspapers or other publishers. The debate is continuing. 

    After the November 3 election, the warnings became stronger, with messages such as: 'Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.'

    Finally Twitter took to noting: 'Official sources called this election differently.'

    The final straw came during the January 6 unrest, when Trump staged a rally in Washington DC and urged his followers to 'fight' for the election to be overturned.

    He tweeted: 'Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. 

    'USA demands the truth!' 

    Trump supporters then ransacked the Capitol, some of them chanting they wanted to hang Pence. One of Trump's supporters, lawyer Lin Wood - praised by the president for his work trying to overturn the election - called for Pence to face the firing squad.

    Twitter blocked Trump's tweets from being retweeted, and then for the first time deleted his tweets.

    He posted a video, telling the protesters he 'loved' them, which was taken down.

    By Wednesday night he was blocked from Twitter for 12 hours. On Friday the ban became permanent.

    Other social media companies soon followed.

    On Tuesday YouTube became the latest, issuing a temporary block, lasting seven days, as a result of the 'first strike'.

    If Trump's channel receives a second strike within 90 days it will be suspended for two weeks; a third strike results in a permanent ban. 

    'After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump's channel for violating our policies,' the company said. 

    'It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days.'

    In addition, comments were permanently disabled under his videos.

    'Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump's channel, as we've done to other channels where there are safety concerns found in the comments section,' they said. 

    Last Wednesday, YouTube removed Trump's video post to rioters in which the president told them to 'go home' and said that 'We love you, you're very special.'   

    Eric Trump, the president's son, on Tuesday said that his father was a victim of 'cancel culture', but the social media giants insist their actions are necessary to prevent further bloodshed.

    On Monday Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, said they had no plans to lift Trump's ban from their platform. He will remain cut off until at least the inauguration, and likely beyond.  

    YouTube has been taking down content since Wednesday's violent unrest, which cost the lives of four rioters and a member of the Capitol Police.


    Elon Musk fumed at big tech on Tuesday after Amazon removed Parler, the site favored by Trump fans, from the internet. 

    Musk said Silicon Valley had become the 'de facto arbiter of free speech' and that it had no right to rule over political discourse as it has done for years. 

    Before Wednesday's riot, Trump had already been flagged and censored by Facebook and Twitter multiple times.

    He has now been banned from the sites. 

    As Musk spoke out in his defense, Don Jr. urged him to set up his own social media website to go against the left-leaning titans. 

    'Why doesn't Elon Musk create a social media platform? This guy put manned people into space. He did so privately. 

    'He took on big government and did it better, cheaper, faster than they ever could. This is the guy to do it.

    'Someone like him has the brilliance to come up with something that blows Twitter away,' Don Jr. said. The YouTube account for Steve Bannon's War Room podcast was taken down Friday for violating the platform's Terms of Service

    A Friday evening search for the podcast brought up an error message reading: 'This page isn't available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else.' 

    YouTube had warned earlier in the week that it would ban accounts that continued to spread misinformation about voter fraud. 

    Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney and the man who spearheaded his failed legal battle to overturn the presidential election, appeared on the show earlier Friday where he defended Wednesday's rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol.

    He pointed the blame for the attack, which sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives, on 'the fascists now running the Democrat Party'. 

    He also continued to push unfounded claims of voter fraud despite Trump's own administration saying the election was legally conducted and done fairly and Congress certifying the Electoral College votes in the early hours of Thursday. 

    'Most of them hadn't come there with implements to do it and also led on by people from, you know, groups that are experts at it. Believe me, Trump people were not scaling the wall. So there's nothing to it that he incited anything,' said Giuliani of the rioters, who senior Democrats have labeled 'domestic terrorists'. 

    Instead, Giuliani pointed the blame to the Democrats who he said 'imposed censorship' on Trump's supporters. He did not back up this claim with any reasoning.  

    'And also there's equal if not more responsibility on the fascists who now running the Democrat Party, who have imposed censorship on these people, who have been singling them out for unfair treatment since the IRS started going after conservative groups,' he said.

    'The media may deny it, but those people know it. They know their freedom of religion is being taken away. They know their freedom of speech is virtually decimated.'   

    'And then they have phonies get up and say there's no fraud. 

    'It's like hearing someone saying they didn't rob your home and they did rob your home and they took all your belongings. So are they angry? Of course they're angry.'

    Giuliani said that it was a 'credit' to anyone who was not violent and, despite the mob being supporters of the president, pushed the blame for their actions onto the opposition party.  

    'They're very, very angry. And I think in light of that, the mere fact that 99.9 percent of them did nothing but act appropriately is a credit to them,' he said.

    'The responsibility here has to be put also on the left, who has conducted a reign of terror all this year. 

    'So a lot of responsibility comes from the people that are imposing the suppression. It's like the kind of thing that happens in a government where people are suppressed; they rise up.' 

    Giuliani even went as far as to suggest he was aware that Wednesday would turn violent saying he found it 'surprising' that there were 'so few people' storming the Capitol building. 

    'And given that, it was quite surprising to me that it was so few people, that the consequences were terrible,' he told Bannon.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing how corporations (i.e., "artificial persons") are allowed to violate laws which would get the rest of us sued into oblivion or thrown in jail.


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