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.
Screenshot by Stephen Shank land/CNET After Twitter permanently suspended President DonaldTrump's account because of “the risk of further incitement of violence” on Friday, celebs, journalists, comedians, companies, political figures and more took to social media with their reactions. 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.
Pablo Martinez Minivans / AP Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump on Friday, shutting down one of the most consequential and ever-present accounts on the platform after years of refusing to do so because of his status as a world leader. Of course, after the permanent ban was announced, Twitter users did what they do best when faced with major national news: memes.
And how did Trump himself react to the news that he was removed from a platform he's used to ascending to the presidency and communicate directly with these supporters? Screenshot by Stephen Shank land/CNET After Twitter permanently suspended President DonaldTrump's account because of “the risk of further incitement of violence” on Friday, celebs, journalists, comedians, companies, political figures and others took to social media with a multitude of reactions.
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How Facebook and Twitter handled President DonaldTrump's response on social media to the violence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday is again at the center of criticism and calls for stronger action than seemingly toothless labels and notes. Amid thousands of rioters storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., a video shared to Trump's social channels were met with two different approaches: Facebook removed it and Twitter initially labeled and restricted how users could share and interact with it, then eventually removed the tweet and others than followed.
It was the claim of a stolen election that inspired the massive gathering in the nation's capitol in the first place. Subsequently, Trump posted another tweet saying, “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.
Again many have turned up the volume on the question: Has the time come for social media platforms to silence President Donald Trump ? Until Trump can end the violence and unrest that he “promoted” and “incited,” his social media accounts on various platforms should be suspended, “as they would do for anyone else advocating disinformation and promoting violence,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
“What is happening right now at the Capitol is a direct result of the fear and disinformation that has been spewed consistently from the Oval Office,” Greenblatt said. “President Trump has a responsibility to call for an end to this violence and unrest that he has sowed.
Trump himself has “promoted sedition and incited violence” and he, too, should be held accountable, Greenblatt continued. Emily Bell, a professor at the Columbia Journalism School, tweeted, “I said this on November 8th and I will say it again now.
“Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Pence continued on Twitter. Journalist Kara Swisher called on executives of social media companies including Twitter and Facebook to halt Trump's tactivity on their platforms as a matter of public safety.
Matt Lasso, managing editor of The News Station, tweeted that “A reporter is having a panic attack because we’re locked in the Capitol without any police protection, and we hear and feel rumblings underneath us. Evan Curry, the senior manager of social media at ABC, tweeted a photo of law enforcement officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress.
CNBC tech reporter Jordan Novel tweeted a Getty Images photo of a person wearing a red “Make America Great” cap sitting at a congressional office desk. “ Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate,” she wrote.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Juliana said Trump could use his Twitter account to calm things down. “The best thing @realdonaldtrump could do right now is to address the nation from the Oval Office and condemn the riots.
The NAACP retweeted NBA legend Bill Russell who suggested: “How long would it take to deploy the National Guard if they were black & how many would be dead? Trending words on Twitter included “Confederate,” as there were Confederate flags carried at the riot and into the Capitol, and “National Guard” as word came that the Defense Department had denied request from D.C. officials to deploy the troops to the Capitol.
Read more: This TikTok challenge is bringing back David Bowie’s most iconic looks On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was taken over by Pro- Trump supporters who were denouncing the results of the Presidential election. While the Senate was certifying the Electoral College votes, which favored President-elect Joe Biden, the supporters forced entry into the U.S. Capitol building.
In the end, five individuals died during the protests including one woman who was shot during a confrontation between protestors and law enforcement. In a video shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Trump asked the protests to stop, but still mentioned the “stolen” election.
Read more: Taco Bell’s replacement for potatoes is here, but not everyone can try it yet “We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump stated. After sharing three tweets that Twitter claimed contained “repeated and severe violations” of its civic integrity policy, Trump ’s account was locked for 12 hours.
Read more: Hear Travis Barker handle the drums on Escape The Fate’s “Not My Problem” “Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.” Read more: Iced Earth’s Jon Shaffer is wanted by the FBI after U.S. Capitol riots Now, it looks like Twitter has really suspended Trump ’s account.
Read more: Hear the Pretty Reckless and Tom Morel lo join forces on “And So It Went” “However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. Read more: Here’s why Ashnikko is changing the release date for ‘Daredevil’ again Due to Trump ’s Twitter ban, many are now suggesting he should join Myspace.