Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was reluctant to ban President Donald Trump's account, and only acted after his team said that Trump's tweets were inspiring calls for violence among his supporters on Parler, according to a new report.
As well, anxious Twitter employees compared the situation to IBM's work for the Nazis during World War II, pleading with him to ban Trump.
Dorsey was working remotely a private island in French Polynesia on January 6 when Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, and his top lieutenants pushed to suspend the president's account, according to an account in the New York Times.
Twitter was the first social media company to act against Trump after the Capitol riot, locking his account for 12 hours before ultimately issuing the permanent ban. Facebook, its subsidiary Instagram, and Snapchat quickly followed suit with indefinite bans.
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Twitter was the first social media company to act against Trump after the Capitol riot, locking his account for 12 hours before ultimately issuing the permanent ban
Both the U.S. government and Nazi Germany used IBM punch-card technology for some parts of their internment camp operations and record keeping.
IBM's German subsidiary was accused of helping with records at Nazi concentration camps.
IBM says its German operation, along with those of other foreign companies, was effectively seized by the Nazis during the war.
According to the Times, Dorsey signed off on the permanent ban after two of Trump's January 8 tweets were seen to be inspiring radical responses among his supporters.
In one of the tweets, Trump said that he would not attend the presidential inauguration on January 20. In another, he called his supporters 'great American Patriots' and said they would 'have a GIANT VOICE' in the future.
The tweets were not explicit calls for violence, but Twitter's safety team monitored the response on alternative social networking site Parler, which is popular among right-wingers, and told Dorsey that Trump's supporters had seized on Trump's latest tweets.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
One Twitter employee saw a Trump fan on Parler urge militias to stop President-elect Joe Biden from entering the White House and to fight anyone who tried to halt them, according to the Times.
Twitter's safety team alluded to the two Trump tweets in a