TWITTER permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, at the risk of inciting more violence – but he proceeded to slam the platform on his official nickname @POTUS.
The social media company suspended President @realDonaldTrump’s personal account on Friday night in light of Wednesday’s Capitol riot, and quickly deleted his tweets in response using @POTUS.
In the now-deleted @POTUS tweets, Trump claimed that “Twitter workers have coordinated with Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from their platform, to silence me” and the “75 Million Great Patriots who voted for me ”.
Trump said he predicted Twitter would try to silence him and the company wouldn’t exist for long without Section 230, which protects websites from lawsuits if users post illegal content.
The president said he had negotiated with “various other sites” and would soon be making a “big announcement” and perhaps building his own platform.
“We will not be QUIET! Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH, ”Trump tweeted.
“They all aim to promote a platform of the radical left where some of the most slimy people in the world are allowed to speak freely.
Although Twitter deleted these tweets, it did not suspend the @POTUS account, which Trump did not use to share his most controversial thoughts.
The social media giant also played a mole-slash game by suspending the accounts of Trump allies he was using to spread his message after the @POTUS tweets were deleted.
The Trump 2020 campaign Twitter account was then suspended, which tweeted the president’s comments.
Campaign digital director Gary Coby quickly followed after appearing to change his username to Donald J. Trump and in a tweet.
It then moves on to the President’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, who tweeted on behalf of Trump following his suspension following the Capitol Hill riot.
Trump loyalists, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and lawyer Sidney Powell have also been permanently banned by Twitter.
Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast YouTube account has been “terminated for violating YouTube’s terms of service.”
In a Friday night tweet, Twitter Safety wrote: “After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence. ”
Twitter Safety continued its declaration that “against the backdrop of the horrific events of this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that further violations of Twitter’s rules would potentially result in this course of action. ”
The social media network explained that its public interest framework is designed to allow the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders and is based on the principle that “people have a right to hold power to account in public”.
Twitter Safety said these accounts are not above its rules and executives “cannot use Twitter to incite violence and other things.”
The social media company said it would continue to be transparent about its policies and their application, and provided a “full analysis” of its approach in Trump’s case.
In its blog post, Twitter said that Trump tweeted on Friday: “The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and Make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a giant voice in the future. They will not be looked down upon or treated unfairly in any way, form or form !!! ”
Shortly thereafter, Trump tweeted, “To anyone who has asked, I will not be going to the inauguration on January 20.”
Twitter said that an “increase in the global conversation” on Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol means that “these two Tweets should be read in the context of larger events in the country and how whose president’s statements may be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of this narrative’s pattern of behavior in recent weeks. ”
The social media giant said it assessed the language of Trump’s tweets against his Glorification of violence policy and determined that they were in violation.
“The user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately suspended from the service immediately,” Twitter concluded.
The policy is aimed at preventing the glorification of violence that could lead others to engage in acts of violence.
Twitter determined that Trump’s tweets “were very likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
The decision was based on five factors presented by Twitter in points.
First, Twitter claimed that Trump’s statement that he would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden “is received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not not legitimate ”.
Trump supporters also interpret Trump’s words as “disavowing” his own declaration Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino announced Thursday that there would be an “orderly transition,” according to Twitter.
In his statement shared by Scavino, Trump also said that “the fight to ensure that only legal votes are counted” will continue and that “this is just the beginning of our fight to make America great again!” ”
Twitter claimed that the statement “may also serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering acts of violence that the inauguration would be a” safe “target, as [Trump] will not be present. ”
The social media company said plans for future armed protests have already developed on and off its platform, including a second attack on the U.S. Capitol buildings and the proposed State Capitol on the 17th. January, three days before the inauguration.
Twitter began taking action against Trump by blocking some of his tweets from public view on Wednesday and asking him to delete them in order to gain access to his account again.
After their removal, Twitter locked Trump out of his account for an additional 12 hours and warned that more violations could result in a permanent suspension.
Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend Trump’s account came after Facebook indefinitely extended its 24-hour suspension from the president’s account.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham slammed Twitter on Friday night, saying it allowed Ayatollah to tweet, but not the president.
“Twitter may ban me for this, but I gladly accept this fate: your decision to ban President Trump permanently is a serious mistake,” Graham tweeted.
Graham added that he is “more determined than ever to remove Big Tech’s (Twitter) Section 230 protections that keep them safe from prosecution.” ”
The senator said the time had come for Congress to repeal the section and “put Big Tech on the same legal footing as every other business in America.”
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Graham came to Trump’s defense after break with the president Wednesday in light of MAGA fans who stormed the Capitol.
“All I can say is count on me. Enough is enough, ”Graham said at the time.
Trump had 88.7 million Twitter followers before the suspension and regularly used the platform to speak out and rally supporters.