That’s the bombshell take from exclusive interviews by three former Twitter employees who are speaking out against the social media giant and revealing disturbing details about the culture of celebrity worship at Twitter HQ.
Breitbart reports: Our first source, who, like the others, wishes to remain anonymous, described how the company rapidly abandoned its commitment to free speech after former CEO Dick Costolo was replaced by Jack Dorsey, who the source described as “the definition of a social justice warrior.”
The majority of Twitter’s management, says the source, believes the leftist idea that “hate speech is violence.” They “absolutely” believe in the idea that “abuse scares people off the platform,” and that certain types of speech “silence” other speech.
According to the source, Twitter’s Trust & Safety and Legal departments (distinct from the Trust & Safety Council, which is made up of left-wing advocacy organizations), are “more tolerant of free speech than you might think,” but later adds that social justice warriors like Anita Sarkeesian still probably have direct access to Twitter’s upper management.
Twitter employees are divided into three distinct groups, says the source. Hardline leftists like Dorsey and others, and “ACLU-type” liberals who “still believe in free speech.” Lastly, there are workers who join the company on H1B visas, who the source says are “apolitical.”
The switch from Costolo to Dorsey was highly significant, says the source. Costolo focused on user growth, without taking a position on what non-illegal content was disallowed on the platform, whereas Dorsey has placed a higher emphasis on branded content, like a media company, where the style and tone of content should match the image the company wants to project, which the source describes as “welcoming, fun, and safe.”
In other words, Dorsey wants Twitter to be a feel-good safe space, and not the site of political acrimony and put-downs that it is currently known for.
According to a second source, the company openly celebrates when right-wing figures are banned from the platform.
“There was a great deal of celebration [at Twitter] when Milo was banned,” says the source.
When the source worked for Twitter, he says employees snarkily estimated the backlash over banning someone controversial in “units of Milo,” which referred to an individual’s number of followers, their media reach, and their ability to respond to a ban with negative headlines and backlash from members of the public.
“It’s like, ‘He’s two Milos, so we can’t ban him!’ or ‘He’s half a Milo, so we can!”
Very Important Tweeters
According to the source, Twitter is almost entirely dependent on the goodwill of celebrities and public figures, who are seen as the number-one factor drawing users onto their platform. Getting re-tweeted by a celebrity is seen by Twitter as “the modern autograph.” Thus, confirms the source, the real reason for the suspension of figures like Milo, Roger Stone, and the satirist Godfrey Elfwick is because they offended a celebrity or high-profile mainstream figure.
From a business standpoint, celebrities drive sign-ups, and the site therefore “bends over backwards to please them.”
“Of course there are double standards,” says the source, who agrees that in fights between two public figures, “Twitter will pick the bigger, more powerful celebrity.”
The source also recalled hearing a rumor inside Twitter that Leslie Jones’ agent had contacted the company to threaten a celebrity boycott if Milo was not dealt with.
The source’s account of Twitter’s relentless focus on satisfying the whims of celebrities fits in with the stories from other former employees, who have revealed how the company goes into crisis mode whenever a celebrity is upset. Those sources also recalled that then-CEO Dick Costolo was receiving texts and calls from high-powered Hollywood agencies like CAA, threatening to pull their stars off the platform if he didn’t play ball.
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