Aaron MAK: What was your immediate reaction to Twitter ’s ban on Friday? I don’t envy Twitter and other tech companies, because I think they’re in a very difficult position.
It’s not technically a First Amendment issue, but they also have a public square kind of function. I think there’s a public interest in allowing the president to use your platform and starting to ban any controversial leaders seems unwise to me.
Flagging and limiting the spread of their posts seems like a good middle ground. His tweets are embedded in probably hundreds of thousands of articles on the internet and all of a sudden that’s all gone and broken.
I had seen a couple articles featuring pretty alarming and sometimes amusing tweets from Donald Trump. They were just wild things that you’d never expect from someone who’s running for president, the presumptive nominee.
I started looking for some kind of data dump of everything he’s ever said and realized that nothing existed to do that. I was mostly just personally interested in having this kind of application where you could easily search for whatever you want and things automatically appear.
I came up with a very basic solution that went to his @realDonaldTrump page and just programmatically scrolled down on the page forever until everything loaded, and then scraped all that information and built a simple web app with a focus on search around it. Then I was able to start finding all these crazy tweets that people hadn’t really looked at in a really long time.
I curated lists of those and thought this could be an interesting website that, if people are looking for more information about Donald Trump and are still kind of on the fence, this it could give them some information that they didn’t have. He did that for his former secretary of defense, attorney general, fed chairman, multiple national security advisors, chief of staff; and then he’s insulted 40-plus senators, dozens of House reps, all kinds of federal officials from director of the CIA to FBI; dozens of governors, mayors, world leaders, and then hundreds and hundreds of journalists.
I’m hoping that Twitter publishes their own archive and you don’t have to rely on just a random website from a guy on the internet. Aaron MAK is a Slate staff writer covering technology.
© Provided by BGR Trump Twitter ban Twitter took the extraordinary step on Friday of permanently suspending President Trump ’s account, two days after the horrific riots in Washington DC that resulted in five deaths and dozens of arrests. An archive of President Trump ’s tweets, including his most recent from Friday prior to the ban, can be found in this post.
© Provided by BGR Best-selling black face masks are FINALLY back in stock after selling out at Amazon © Provided by BGR Amazon Prime logo In a tweet thread explaining the move, Twitter said that the company has “made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.” Also, the president had already been warned on Wednesday, following the horrific riots in Washington DC in which five people died, that further violations of the company’s rules would result in his account being banned.
And another important storyline to watch: Many of Trump ’s followers have migrated to Parker, which bills itself as the “free speech” social networking site. “We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parker service, accusations that the Parker app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington DC on January 6, 2021, that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property.