Almost immediately, the account that Trump had used for years to convey his every thought, to denounce his enemies and praise his friends, to convey uncountable false statements and official White House announcements, simply disappeared. “However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence,” the post continued.
An employee at Twitter who has been pushing for the company to delete the president’s account this week told NBC News that “leadership took a beating” at a meeting Friday morning with employees, many of whom pleaded with executives to delete his account. Twitter removed three tweets that promoted conspiracy theories about the election and locked Trump ’s account on Wednesday, citing “a risk of violence,” after a violent riot at the Capitol.
Trump ’s official POTUS account is still active, but if the company determines he’s using it to evade the ban, it will take action to limit its use, a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. About two hours after his ban, Trump did turn to the official POTUS account, railing against Twitter, Democrats, and “the Radical Left,” in a series of tweets that were quickly deleted.
Big Tech wants to cancel all 75M @realDonaldTrump supporters,” tweeted Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump's 2020 campaign. Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted : “Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country.
He has long favored Twitter as a means of communicating his policies, opinions and grievances directly to supporters while circumventing the traditional media. But after his election in 2016, Trump told “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl that as president he would use the platform differently.
Trump was not restrained, using his account to make ad hominem attacks against political opponents and announce public firings, posts that were widely criticized as presidential but allowed by Twitter. Twitter first took action against Trump ’s account last May, adding a warning label to a pair of tweets that claimed mail-in ballots were fraudulent.
He regularly uses Twitter in his official capacity as President of the United States to speak his mind and attack those who he perceives as enemies. Also, as noted above, he has a tendency to hit the “block” button when people offer the slightest bit of criticism.
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Twitter finally steps up to the plate and does the right thing, permanently suspending Donald Trump from their platform. This comes after his 12-hour ban and the tweets he sent earlier today vowing that the “patriots” would not be ignored or forgotten.
It appears President Donald Trump will have to find a new preferred platform to share his views with the world. Hashtags for “TrumpBanned” and “Thank you, Twitter quickly rose to the top of the social media site in the wake of the permanent suspension.
Hours after his suspension, Trump released a statement criticizing the ban, and teasing a possible new platform. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely,” he added.
The POTUS account, rarely used by Trump himself over the past four years, will be transferred over to the Biden administration following his inauguration. The blog post from Twitter announcing the ban cited the events of Wednesday's raid on the U.S. Capitol as a reason for the suspension.
Trump's account had been temporarily suspended in the wake of the rioting, but warned the president another violation of its terms of service would result in a permanent ban. “In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” the company wrote.
Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.” The statement continued, “However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.
She wrote a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey in October 2019, citing a handful of tweets she said broke the platform's policy. ABC News' Ben Littleton, Doreen Shah, Matthew Furman and Evan Curry contributed to this report.
Twitter announced on Friday evening that it had “permanently suspended” the president’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, two days after the pro- Trump riot that engulfed the Capitol. Twitter initially blocked Trump from posting on Wednesday until he agreed to take down three tweets he’d sent during the Capitol riot that the platform claimed were inciting violence and interfering in the electoral process.
The president, or someone controls @realDonaldTrump at the time, removed them over Wednesday night going into Thursday morning, at which point Twitter placed an additional 12-hour lock on the account. Trump regained access to the account later on Thursday, though Twitter said it would banish him from the platform if he continued to break its rules.
The ultimate decision to permanently ban him came after Trump posted two tweets on Friday, which the platform said could cause more violence. Twitter specifically cited two tweets the president posted as violating its “glorification of violence” policy.
The other tweet, sent at 10:44 a.m., read, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” Twitter said that this post was being received by some of his supporters as a rebuke to his previous statements promising an “orderly transition” and served “as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate.” The company did not specify what exactly led them to believe that the two tweets were being interpreted in such a way, but did note that there were plans being made for “future armed protests” occurring off Twitter, including a proposal to attack state capitol buildings on Jan. 17. In an attempt to crack down on the QAnon conspiracy theory, Twitter also banned prominent Trump supporters like Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell.
In the deleted tweets, Trump complained about the treatment he’s receiving, and claimed he is negotiating with “various other sites” while also looking at building his own platform “in the near future.” The accounts also proclaimed “We will not be SILENCED!” before they were shut down. So far, the president has not attempted to release a statement via the White House website or called a press conference.
During the chaotic and violent events on Capitol Hill Wednesday, when a pro- Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol building to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College vote, Trump tweeted out a short video telling the occupying group to go home and that they were “loved” and “special.” “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” the President tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
To his more than 88 million followers, he wielded it like a policy wishlist, a cudgel to publicly scorn his enemies or fire members of his Administration and his preferred way to offer political endorsements. In May 2020, Trump tweeted a baseless allegation that the use of mail-in ballots in elections would be “substantially fraudulent” and, for the first time, Twitter flagged it as an “unsubstantiated claim.” As the President continued to spread misinformation about elections and the COVID-19 pandemic, Twitter continued to crack down on his tweets, with escalated warnings.
Trump and other prominent Republicans said they viewed Twitter ’s moves as censorship, and have called for the repeal of Section 230, part of an Internet legislative act passed in 1996 which would change the rules by which litigation could be brought against social media companies. Trump ’s own interest in repealing this sliver of the law was so great that last month he vetoed a bi-partisan defense spending bill for not including language that would defend him against his perceived censorship.
Trump ’s first Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in the spring of 2017 that he considered the President’s tweets to be official statements from the White House. The official stature of Trump ’s Twitter account was decided by a federal appeals court in 2019, when a unanimous panel declared that the President violated the Constitution by blocking people on the social media site, as it in effect kept U.S. citizens from official public statements.
The label was imposed on two tweets Trump posted Tuesday morning falsely claiming that “mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent” and would result in “a rigged election.” The tweets focused primarily on California’s efforts to expand mail-in voting due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, the Republican National Committee sued California Governor Gavin Newsom over the state’s moves to expand mail-in voting.
A Twitter spokesperson said the move is in line with a new policy introduced earlier this month aimed at limiting “the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content” related to the pandemic. That same policy did not apply to tweets from the president earlier this month falsely claiming that hydroxychloroquine has been proven to effectively treat COVID-19, according to a report from The Verge last week.
“Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact-checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” Par scale said.