Twitter permanently bans Trump’s account

Twitter permanently bans Trump's account


The rare move follows a temporary lock on Trump’s account.

Angela Lang / CNET

Twitter on Friday permanently banned Donald Trump’s account as the social network warned that the president’s tweet threatens violence Killed a mob that attacked the Capitol earlier this week. The short-message app said that it had already received plans for armed actions revolving on its platform before its Jan. 20 opening.

Twitter took the highly unusual step after concluding that Trump’s latest tweet constituted a risk to public safety and could lead to more catastrophe. The president’s account, which had more than 88 million followers, was temporarily closed Wednesday for a series of tweets that challenged former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

The social network determined that the president’s latest tweet risked inciting additional violence.

“After close review of recent tweets @realDonaldTrump In the context of the account and their surroundings we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further inciting violence, ”Twitter said in a tweet that included a link to a blog post that explained the action. ” Plans for future armed protests have already begun. Off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021, “the post said.

Twitter move followed A similar block issued by Facebook, As the nation comes in the wake of a chaotic attack on the Capitol on Wednesday. The scuffle, which killed five people, led to a Trump rally nearby and gathered to validate the results of the congressional hot presidential election. The attack halted the count, though it resumed and was completed after law enforcement cleared the rioters’ capitol.

Twitter was reluctant to pull Trump’s account, as his role as president makes his words of public interest. However, the company has stepped up pressure to permanently ban the president’s account following its unfounded claims of voter fraud mired in violence on Capitol Hill, and the move is the most harsh rebuke yet. According to the Washington Post, its Twitter employees wrote to the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey and other company officials to investigate the social network’s role in the riots.

For years critics have called on Twitter to ban Trump. The president has violated social network rules in the past, but the company has dropped tweets, labeled them, or shown them on the back of a public interest notice, allowing users at a button to go ahead and read the tweet Clicking allows. For example, in 2017, Trump tweeted, which became a threat against him North Korea. Although Twitter has rules against violent threats, it said the newness of the tweet allowed it to remain on the social network. Since January 6, Twitter has labeled Trump’s five tweets because they contained baseless claims of voter fraud.

On Friday, Twitter said that the president’s two tweets violated his rules against glorifying violence, prompting the company to be banned. The company said in a tweet, “In the context of this week’s horrific events, we made clear on Wednesday that this breach would potentially result from additional violations of the Twitter rules.”

In a blog post, Twitter reported that Trump’s two tweets Violated its rules against the glorification of violence on Friday. In a tweet, Trump said he would not attend Biden’s inauguration on January 20. In another tweet, Trump called his supporters, whom he called “American patriots”, “a huge tall voice in the future” and “Won’t be insulted or treated in any way, shape or form inappropriately !!!”

Twitter said the company considered the tweet in the context of recent events, including riots, and concluded that Trump’s messages could incite violence. The two tweets “were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to repeat criminal acts that occurred in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Twitter said.

The company concluded the tweet about Trump’s inauguration by saying that those who committed the violence could be shamed, because they know he won’t be there. Trump’s “American Patriots” phrase was used as support for those who attacked the Capitol.

“We have made it clear that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence,” the company said in a tweet. “We will remain transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”

Stepping in with the coming innings in power in Washington, with Democrats, led by Biden, occupying both houses of Congress as well as the presidency. Trump, a Republican, has called for repeal Section 230, An Internet law that has allowed many services to flourish. As they left office, companies now have to consider the concerns of Democrats, who have said that companies do little to counter hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.

Twitter said it would suspend a new account if Trump created one to lift the ban. May also restrict the use of the company @POTUS And @hiteHouse Twitter account, which Trump or his team have tried after the suspension.

Several high-profile Twitter accounts tweeted a screen grub from the @POTUS account in which Trump broke Twitter’s ban and suggested his team was working on building a new service. “We will not shut up!” He said in the tweet, which was apparently deleted. (CNET did not see the tweet, but was widely circulated on Twitter.)

Twitter will transfer both accounts to the incoming Biden administration, so they will not be suspended until the company becomes necessary to prevent real-world losses.

@TeamTrump The accounts and accounts of some Trump advisers were also banned, allegedly being used in efforts to prevent the suspension of Trump’s primary account.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An adviser to Trump, Jason Miller, called the Twitter move “disgusting” Tweet. “If you don’t think they’re coming next for you, you’re wrong,” Miller tweeted. Trump’s son Donald Trump, Jr. Tweeted This suspension was “complete insanity.”

A link to Trump’s account says it is suspended. His Facebook account has been closed indefinitely. Google-owned YouTube pulled down a video of Trump, but did not lock his account.

Facebook and YouTube did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

earlier in the day, Twitter banned Accounts of General Michael Flynn, lawyer Sydney powell And a host of other supporters of the bogus QAnon conspiracy theory embraced by many of Trump’s most ardent fans. The baseless theory falsely states that a cabal of devil-worshiping sex traffickers controls the government.

Twitter actions have already rekindled tensions between Twitter and conservatives who already come up with fewer regulations for alternative platforms such as Parler and Gab. The unprecedented move puts more pressure on other social networks to ban the president.

Civil rights groups immediately praised the action, and urged other companies to do the same.

On Friday, the Stop Hate for Profit Coalition urged Facebook, Twitter, Google parent company Alphabet and other social media platforms to ban Trump permanently. The group is made up of civil rights and advocacy groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said “a fitting end to the spread of hate and the legacy of vitriol.” Tweet. “President Trump incited violent riots using social media in the Capitol and paid the price.”

Other groups, such as Muslim advocates, urged Facebook and Google-owned YouTube to take similar action against Trump.

Muslim Advocates Media Relations Officer Eric Ning said, “These companies have long needed to take the necessary steps to overcome widespread hatred and disintegration on their platforms.”

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