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Former Twitter Exec Calls on Platforms to ‘Mute Trump’ in WashPost

by | Oct 21, 2020

By Alexander Hall 

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at Newsbusters.

It will be hard for liberals to gaslight about Big Tech bias after this! A former Big Tech insider has called to silence a sitting president for using social media as a “dangerous bullhorn for causing chaos.”

Peter D. Greenberger, who formerly held “executive revenue and partnership positions at both Google and Twitter,” wrote a column proclaiming that “Social media platforms should silence the president until the winner of the election is clear.” The October 19 column for The Washington Post headlined “I ran political advertising for Twitter. It’s time for platforms to mute Trump” made claims of Big Tech’s political neutrality laughable. Greenberger made the disturbing suggestion that: “even at the risk of infringing on the principle of free speech,” that “Twitter and Facebook must muzzle Trump as the election nears.”

Greenberger made his disgust for President Donald Trump’s ability to speak abundantly clear: “Increasingly, though, he is using these powerful digital platforms not only to communicate a message, nor even to send dog whistles to loyal supporters, but also as a dangerous bullhorn for causing chaos.”

Greenberger gave his credentials as a social media insider, in that he “launched and led the first political advertising team at Google in 2007 before joining Twitter to do the same in 2011.” He explained how in previous years “My team at Twitter met with political leaders and issue advocacy organizations to introduce them to the power of this platform.”

In recent years, however, he could not contain his horror at how “Few political leaders embraced the medium as successfully as Trump.”

In one particularly damning quote, he acknowledged that Big Tech has ramped up its efforts to silence conservatives, but they haven’t gone far enough:

”But now, Twitter, Google and Facebook each have implemented escalating policies seeking to contain the damage largely caused by Trump and his supporters. It’s clear they haven’t yet solved the problem.”

Greenberger made his rationale clear that muzzling Trump for the period around the election is now an issue of national security: “In this case, however, the cooling-off period is necessary for the one candidate whose apparent sole motivation is to sow chaos and confusion around the ongoing election”

Considering Twitter’s recent censorship scandals, it is no surprise that one of its former executives is so censorious. …

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