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Twitter Exec Reveals 2019 Rule Change Made To Accommodate Trump's Racist Tweet–And AOC's Reaction Is All Of Us

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez questioned Anika Collier Navaroli who testified that Twitter got rid of their rule prohibiting anti-immigrant tweets to accommodate then-President Trump.

Twitter screenshots of Anika Collier Navaroli and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shut down complaints about anti-conservative bias on Twitter after a former Twitter executive testified the social media platform got rid of their rule prohibiting racist and anti-immigrant tweets to accommodate former President Donald Trump's racist tweets demanding four Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to where they came from.

According to Anika Collier Navaroli, who worked on Twitter's content moderation team when Trump issued the tweet in 2019, Twitter included an example of using the phrase "go back to your country" in a list of banned language against immigrants.

Navaroli said following Trump's tweet, her team "made the recommendation that for the first time, we find Donald Trump in violation of Twitter's policies and use the public interest interstitial."

Navaroli said she brought her recommendation to Del Harvey, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, and confirmed to Ocasio-Cortez Harvey "overrode" her assessment, meaning "the trope, ‘go back where you came from,’ was removed from the content moderation guidance as an example."

You can watch their exchange in the video below.

Ocasio-Cortez, who was one of the four members of the multicultural progressive "Squad" Trump was attacking, was livid to hear Twitter had bent its rules to accommodate Trump and allowed racism to live unaccounted for on the platform.

She asked:

"So Twitter changed their own policy after the president violated it in order to potentially accommodate this tweet?”

After Navaroli replied "Yes," Ocasio-Cortez said:

“So much for bias against the right-wing on Twitter.”

Many have echoed Ocasio-Cortez's criticisms and praised her line of questioning.

Conservative complaints about censorship on social media took center stage during the Republican-led House Oversight Committee hearing, which was held to discuss Twitter's handling of a New York Post story about the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop.

Twitter executives said they made a mistake by temporarily blocking the story, which Republicans felt vindicated their claims the platform censored the story to protect Democratic interests and which Ocasio-Cortez referred to as "an abuse of public resources, an abuse of public time."

Conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden's business dealings have been a favorite in conservative circles for some time.

The 2020 New York Post investigation published emails suggesting Hunter Biden introduced his father, President Joe Biden, to an executive with Burisma Holdings–a Ukrainian gas firm–in 2015.

The story received criticism for shaky reporting and Twitter's attempts to block the news outlet from sharing the story received criticism from Republicans who accused the tech giant of censoring conservative voices.

In 2018, while still in office, Trump claimed that Twitter is "SHADOW BANNING prominent Republicans" in response to a news story that alleged accounts owned by Republicans were showing up in a general search of the website but not automatically populating when typing their names in the drop-down bar.

Twitter later issued a response, attributing the issue to a platform bug.