Twitter Permanently Bans President Trump

Twitter moved to permanently suspend President Donald Trump’s account just days after violence swept the U.S. Capitol.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the social media platform wrote in a blog post on Friday.

Twitter deleted two of the president’s posts before ultimately suspending the account.

“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” one of the posts read.

Trump also tweeted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

Twitter explained the tweets “must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.”

The social media giant continued, “After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”

Twitter temporarily locked Trump’s account after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, as IJR previously reported.

Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday Facebook would extend the suspension of Trump’s account indefinitely.

“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Trump condemned the riots during a video he posted to Twitter on Thursday, as IJR previously reported.

Responses

  1. Has Twitter not read Twitter posts??? Have they not read the countless rude, threatening and insulting posts that makes Trumps look like kindergarten????

    It is clear that Twitter is NOT free speech, does not deserve governmental protection and does not reflect the values of the country.

    1. Ian is confused by our laws.

      Twitter is allowed by our laws (230c) to protect itself from harm caused by its users. Without that protection, Dear Leader would not be allowed to get away with what he has, until now. Neither would you because there would BE no comment about anything possible.

      Twitter and others do deplatform many users. I know someone who just had his account locked for merely suggesting that Dear Leader commit suicide. (He is wearing THAT as a badge of honor.) It may take them a while to catch up to these clowns, but they do work at it, again, to protect their business.

      None of this should in ANY way be used as an excuse for what Dear Leader has done. It should comfort you to know he is just now paying a tiny price for that.

    1. As far as I know, Michael, they never shut him down before because of his, um, position as a world “leader”. I guess, under the current circumstances, that they figured enough was enough.

    2. I was about to post the same thing Michael. He’s now permanently banned from Twitter, Facebook and Google and Apple is considering censoring Parler which is where all the crazies are gathering.

  2. They are inciting violence themselves. This is all political showmanship. People will react to their amateur actions.

    1. Really, Glen? Why does this upset you?

      This is exactly what you ask for time after time. This is the result that you get when you approve of toxic capitalism. You asked for this, buddy. There is no way that corporations can afford to risk being sued or delicensed over something that some fool posts on their platforms, so they have protections to make it possible for some fool to say something stupid or outrageous and get away with it.

      However, they also have investors (you know, the guys and gals who like making money), and we all know instances in which advertiser outrage can affect the bottomline. You don’t want to get between a corporation and its profits, so, again, they WILL protect themselves.

      Therefore, they will eliminate a toxic user. You can’t blame them for following the rules, can you?

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