Twitter executive fact-checking Trump has profane history of anti-Trump, anti-Republican comments

by Peter Heck · May 27th, 2020 12:06 pm
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Already facing a backlash for its decision to apply a warning label to President Trump's tweet regarding the risks associated with mail-in ballots, it has now been revealed that the man Twitter has made responsible for these "site integrity" issues has a history of anti-Trump, anti-Republican remarks.

Yoel Roth acts as the social media platform's "Head of Site Integrity," which he defines as "developing and enforcing Twitter's rules." Still, after acknowledging that Trump's tweet about mail-in voter fraud had not broken any of those rules, Roth's department tagged the tweet with a link to experts disputing the president's claims.

While Twitter denies the move was politically motivated, a search of Roth's own Twitter feed reveals a man anything but shy about his political biases.

Shortly after the 2016 election, Roth referred to then President-Elect Trump as a "racist tangerine."

On inauguration day, he crowed over an anti-Trump rally in his home city of San Francisco before two days later attacking the president and his administration for being "actual Nazis," comparing Trump's senior counselor Kellyanne Conway to Hitler's chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

Roth, who holds a communications doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, also used his platform to deride Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Twitter responded to the Roth controversy by denying its site integrity executive's biases would influence how to flag certain Twitter content. This came after the platform had flagged a Trump campaign video for being "manipulated media," while refusing to do the same for a similar Biden campaign video.


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