One Twitter employee worried about censoring speech: ‘Maybe because I am from China’

Someone from a brutal authoritarian regime might know something about protecting open public discourse.

Independent journalist Bari Weiss rolled out the fifth installment of the ‘Twitter Files’ on Monday, in which she delved into data revealing how the platform made the decision to ban former President Donald Trump.

The communications data showed that officials and staff were eager to bar Trump from Twitter after the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol, but could not find the president directly violating their policies in his tweets.

Regardless, he was banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021. Weiss’ reporting shows that the staff were beyond elated.

But earlier before the celebration among staff—jubilant that they had taken it upon themselves to censor the head of state of one of the most powerful and democratic countries in the world—at least one employee expressed concern.

A person from China probably understood how silencing people, whether citizens or leaders, could be problematic for a free society and said so.

Still, authoritarians are gonna authoritarian! Freedom, schmeedom! Woohoo!

The action stood. Weiss made clear that dissenters like the China-originating employee were in the clear minority.

Those on Left and Right often accuse the other side of being ‘authoritarian’ in ways that may be sometimes accurate but are also often hyperbolic.

But when a person coming from an actual authoritarian regime worried that a questionable action his company took hit too close to his former home, that concern should probably have been taken more seriously.

In a more liberal environment, it probably would have been.

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Jack Hunter is a freelance writer, the co-author of Sen. Rand Paul’s 2011 book ‘The Tea Party Goes to Washington’ and the former politics editor for