Yoel Roth

Twitter fact-checker has history of politically charged posts


The head of Twitter’s post-policing team that flagged a pair of tweets by President Trump, marking them with fact-check labels, has a questionable history of politically charged tweets of his own.

Twitter’s “Head of Site Integrity” Yoel Roth, who is in charge of the team responsible for developing and enforcing the social media site’s rules, faced heavy criticism Wednesday for previous 2017 tweets in which he referred to team Trump as “ACTUAL NAZIS IN THE WHITE HOUSE” and called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a “personality-free bag of farts.”

“How does a personality-free bag of farts like Mitch McConnell actually win elections?” Roth wrote in the tweet.

On Nov. 8, 2016 – the date the presidential election was held — Roth mocked Trump and his supporters in a tweet, writing, “I’m just saying, we fly over those states that voted for a racist tangerine for a reason.”

Roth once compared White House advisor Kellyanne Conway to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

”Today on Meet The Press, we’re speaking with Joseph Goebbels about the first 100 days…’ – What I hear whenever Kellyanne is on a news show,” Roth wrote, according to a 2017 tweet.

Roth in 2016 also tweeted his support for then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, writing, “I’ve never donated to a presidential campaign before, but I just gave $100 to Hillary for America. We can’t f–k around anymore.”

House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Conway ripped Twitter Wednesday for having Roth in the post-policing position.

“I think if you run a company like Twitter you’d probably first look at what that individual would put out on Twitter themselves,” McCarthy told reporters outside the Capitol in reference to Roth.

“I do not think somebody who would think Republicans are racist, label those who are in the Republican Party equal to people who [are] in the Nazi Party…I’m not quite sure that’s the person I would have being the individual in charge of Twitter determining whether the facts are correct or not, because I think he already is biased in that opinion,” McCarthy said.

Twitter should boot Roth out of his position, said McCarthy, who noted that he’s “concerned about who they have doing a fact check.”

Conway also waded into the issue Wednesday, saying that Twitter fact checks are carried out by the same “people who attack him all day long.”

“We turn around, and we use the same people who are going to endorse Joe Biden for president, reluctantly, are constantly attacking the president and the people around him,” she said in a “Fox & Friends” interview, adding, “They’re relying upon the same people who attack him all day long to, quote, fact check him.”

Conway singled out Roth by name, and claimed that he is “constantly attacking Trump voters, Trump, Mitch McConnell, you name it.”

“It’s horrible the way he looks at people who should otherwise have a free and clear platform on Twitter,” she said.

On Tuesday, Twitter attached warning links to two of Trump’s tweets claiming that allowing large scale mail-in voting would result in a “rigged election.”

“Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” the label states, and links to news articles disputing that voting-by-mail would allow for rampant fraud.

Trump, himself, has slammed the unprecedented move, accusing Twitter in a tweet of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election” and “stifling FREE SPEECH.”

The commander-in-chief on Wednesday morning claimed social media outlets are censoring conservatives and threatened to shut them down.

“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives [sic] voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again,” Trump tweeted.

Later Wednesday, Trump said in another tweet: “WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICANS IS WRONG!”

A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that the Trump tweets the site labeled “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”

Twitter’s decision to make the move, the spokesperson said, was “in line with the approach” the site publicly outlined earlier this month when it comes to “misleading information.”

The spokesperson confirmed to The Post that Twitter has used the fact check label on other users, but never on another US president or presidential candidate. The site started using the label on May 11.

Commenting on the criticism of Roth, the spokesperson said, “No one person at Twitter is responsible for our policies or enforcement actions, and it’s unfortunate to see individual employees targeted for company decisions.”

Roth will not face any disciplinary action from Twitter as a result of his controversial, newly surfaced tweets, the spokesperson said.