Nick Stratt, reporting for The Verge:
The White House has set its sights on a single Twitter employee
after the company attached a fact-checking link to two of the
president’s tweets containing lies and misinformation related to
voter fraud. The charge was led on Fox News Wednesday morning,
with Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway targeting Twitter’s head of
site integrity, Yoel Roth, after digging up some tweets that were
critical of Trump, Conway, and the administration.
Conway called the employee “horrible” and directed listeners to go
after him. “Somebody in San Francisco go wake him up and tell him
he’s about to get a lot more followers,” she said on air.
Immediately, the call was picked up by right-wing personalities
and Trump supporters, who began sharing screenshots of the
employee’s tweets. Roth is already facing a torrent of abuse and
harassment, including multiple death threats, reports
Emily Birnbaum, from the aforelinked report at Protocol:
Roth has received more than 3,000 new followers over the past day,
according to an analysis of his Twitter account. He hasn’t tweeted
since Monday, but harassing messages are appearing every minute
under his latest posts, and right-wing accounts with millions of
followers, including the president’s son and the Trump campaign’s
official account, have been tweeting out his name and personal
information every hour since mid-Tuesday.
A Twitter spokesperson told Protocol the company is standing
behind Roth and does not have any plans to fire or suspend him.
“No one person at Twitter is responsible for our policies or
enforcement actions,” a Twitter spokesperson said, “and it’s
unfortunate to see individual employees targeted for company
A person familiar with the matter said Roth has faced an explosion
of death threats.
They are simultaneously hamfisted, vindictive, and cruel. If there’s a method to this, they’re doing it to send a message. Push back on Trump’s blatant disregard for Twitter’s rules and the White House will single out Twitter employees for retribution.
★ Wednesday, 27 May 2020