The former CEO of a major company recently tweeted that “me-first capitalists” who disagree with allowing leftist activism in the workplace will be “the first people lined up against the wall and shot in the revolution.”
Dick Costolo, the former CEO of Twitter, happily wrote on his old platform that “capitalists” who won’t get involved with social justice causes should face the firing squad. At the time of this publication, the tweet has been removed, though many are unsure whether Costolo deleted it or Twitter did.
Twitter has strong rules against promoting violence, though they often apply the rules unfairly. They have been known to remove posts by conservatives under that rule, even if their post does not directly promote violence, while allowing posts by those on the left that openly call for violent action. Twitter guidelines say: “You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.”
“This tweet is an actual violation of twitter TOS for glorifying violence. That aside, thanks for publicly endorsing the mass murder of your political adversaries. This is clarifying,” conservative filmmaker Mike Cernovich replied.
Twitter has not yet released a statement regarding the tweet, or whether it violates any policies.
Costolo was referencing a discussion by Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency firm, where the CEO decided not to promote political activism or social justice within the company.
Armstrong wrote a blog post on Medium.com about the decision, stating: “We don’t engage here when issues are unrelated to our core mission, because we believe impact only comes with focus.” The post also discussed politics, with the CEO saying: “We don’t advocate for any particular causes or candidates internally that are unrelated to our mission, because it is a distraction from our mission. Even if we all agree something is a problem, we may not all agree on the solution.”
Costolo, disagreeing with Armstrong, commented stating: “This isn’t great leadership. It’s the abdication of leadership. It’s the equivalent of telling your employees to ‘shut up and dribble.’”
This isn't great leadership. It's the abdication of leadership. It's the equivalent of telling your employees to "shut up and dribble." https://t.co/XvEvJmtHf1
— dick costolo (@dickc) September 29, 2020
When Costolo’s argument was challenged on Twitter, he replied that “me-first capitalists” will be the “first people lined up against the wall and shot in the revolution.” He also added that he would “happily provide video commentary.”
Multiple news outlets have reached out to Twitter for a comment on the since-deleted tweet. Many conservatives noted that they have been suspended for less:
Weird. I was suspended from @twitter for opining that violent criminal looters should be [CENSORED], but former CEO of @twitter can gloat about anti-woke capitalists being "lined up against the wall and shot in the revolution."
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 1, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen the former CEO of Twitter calling for the murder, yes the murder of his political opponents. But they will not do anything to him. Rules are for the peasants. https://t.co/lyx93FQKsR
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) October 1, 2020
Conservative commentator Jack Posobiec also called out the fact that the former Twitter CEO is on the Board of Directors at subscription platform Patreon:
Dick Costolo is also on the Board of Directors of @Patreon
Explains a lot
— Jack Posobiec 🎃 (@JackPosobiec) October 1, 2020
Twitter has censored President Trump in the past, claiming that he “glorified violence.” The company has also censored multiple posts by conservatives against ANTIFA. Yet they continually allow the left to post unhinged and often violent content on their platform.