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Posobiec: Leaked Messages About Libs of TikTok Show Twitter Employees 'Want to Shut Down Speech'


Human Events Daily host Jack Posobiec dug into the situation unfolding between Libs of TikTok, Elon Musk, and Twitter, after internal messages from the company’s slack were leaked to the public on Tuesday.

Posobiec commended Libs of TikTok for her “daily service to the United States” and “performing a service to the world and a service, by the way, in the fiduciary sense,” after she leaked the messages. 

 

“This may be the very first time that we’ve ever seen specific messages from an internal Slack communications channel at Twitter. What are they saying? Well, they’re talking bout deplatforming accounts, specifically talking about President Trump and they talk about potentially deplatforming Libs of TikTok…”

The screenshots show one employee, whose name is redacted, saying that Twitter “successfully deplatformed Trump,” and that they don’t believe “deplatforming Libs of TikTok is going to cause a mass exodus but I guses it may not be in our “fiduciary” interest to enact a ban on a high profile account right now…”

After reading off the messages, Posobiec said that people were getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how the backrooms of Twitter work: “They don’t talk about whether or not someone has the right to free speech. They don’t talk about, ‘did this person actually break any rules or regulations? no.’ They’re saying, ‘we want to get rid of people we disagree with. We want to shut down speech that we think is the wrong opinion.’ They decide.”

Posobiec note that there was interestingly no conversation within the screenshots about whether a person should or shouldn’t be deplatformed based on their actions or if they’ve violated policies, but instead only on what the response will be from users.

“So they’re already looking at it from the perspective of, ‘okay, will there be a mass exodus of Twitter users,’ well, probably not. ‘Is there going to be a fiduciary interest?’ It’s pretty obvious what they’re talking about there is their pending deal with Elon Musk.”

“Remember, Elon Musk has already threatened to counter-sue Twitter over these situations where they were lying about their numbers, about ballooning up and padding their numbers saying they have all this bot traffic that they were saying is real.” 

“What Elon Musk is saying is, ‘you lied about your numbers, I factored those false numbers in the evaluation, now I’ve got my head under the hood, now I’m doing my due diligence, I don’t think your number is that up. You’ve got a problem’ so if he pulls out of the deal and Twitter countersues, you’ve got a billion dollars on the line, that was the singer in the contract. So now, Elon Musk… he commented on Libs of TikTok’s tweet, tweeting about her own potential deplatforming. Here’s where it gets interesting.”

Libs of TikTok also received an onslaught of harassment and death threats on Monday after an employee at Media Matters coordinated a campaign to have the account removed from Twitter, claiming “Libs of TikTok is going to get someone killed,” for reposting content from left-wing activists.

After receiving numerous death threats, Libs of TikTok posted about Twitter’s failure to remove the accounts threatening her. Elon Musk responded later that day, asking Twitter why it has failed to take action.

 

“Elon Musk is now in communication with Libs of TikTok. Libs of TikTok, we now know, we can infer… She has a source inside Twitter that leaked this stuff to her. That means there’s now a direct pipeline from that source inside Twitter, to Libs of TikTok, to Elon Musk,” Posobiec said. “By the way, I’m sure at this point that Elon Musk has plenty of sources inside Twitter, right?.. I mean, you’re getting a new boss, the first thing you wanna do is cozy up to the new boss!”

“Don’t expect for a second that he doesn’t already have sources inside of Twitter, and now Libs of TikTok and Elon Musk are teaming up, not to attack Twitter but to correct Twitter, to right the ship and liberate it,” Posobiec concluded.