Twitter Inc. has permanently blocked the account of US President Donald Trump for violating its anti-violence laws, imposing the highest sanctions the communications company has ever imposed and the end of Trump’s relationship with his favorite communications megaphone.
The company wrote in a blog post on 8th January that after a close review of the latest Tweets that were got from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – especially how they are received and translated inside and outside Twitter – they have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of escalating violence.
A San Francisco-based company announced the ban two days after Trump was first suspended for sending a series of tweets misleading users about the results of the presidential election, and appeared to encourage violent people who rioted the US Capitol. One included a Trump video message expressing love for the rebels and calling the election “cunning”.
Twitter wanted Trump to remove three tweets, and warned at the time that he would be permanently banned for violating the rules. His account, which had more than 88 million followers, was restored on Thursday. Trump’s post on Friday included a tweet stating that he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden – and Twitter has ruled that such tweets violated the policies of the company.
Trump has tweeted and said on 8th January, Friday that the 75,000,000 American Patriots who voted for him, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have GIANT VOICE in the future. He said that they will not be respected or treated unfairly in any way or in any situation.
Twitter also wrote that the company said this was an indication that the president had planned to continue supporting and empowering those who believed he had won the November election. Twitter also wrote that the plans for tomorrow’s armed protests have begun to increase inside and outside Twitter, including a second attack on the U.S. Capitol buildings and state buildings on January 17, 2021.
Twitter said it reviewed the tweets given “the ways in which the President’s statements can be compiled by a diverse audience, including incitement to violence, as well as the moral nature of the account in recent weeks.” The company’s shares slipped by almost 2.6% in extended trading. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the permanent ban.
The suspension of Trump that took place was the most controversial relationship that Twitter has ever had with any of its users. Trump often used his account to attack verbal attackers and spread false information in ways that violated social networking laws. In some cases, Twitter created new rules specifically to welcome the president’s reckless tweeting, including a special policy for world leaders, putting their tweets in violation of the rules behind the filter instead of removing them altogether. The company had begun to take a hard look at Trump’s tweets in recent months, especially on posts about Black Lives Matter protests and unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud.
Following Trump’s suspension earlier this week, many critics and human rights activists have expressed concern that Twitter has not gone far enough. The group included several Twitter employees, who handed a letter to Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey on Friday demanding that the service remove Trump completely.
“We do not believe that these acts are sufficient,” wrote staff members of Twitter’s temporary ban, according to a copy of a letter published by the Washington Post. Earlier on 8th January Friday, the SumOfUs group, the one which fights for change in powerful companies, parked a boat on the water outside the city of Dorsey in San Francisco demanding Twitter to block the account of Trump. Dorsey has never commented publicly on the activity on his network this week. Authorities said Dorsey often allows such decisions to fall on Twitter’s top policymaker, Vijaya Gadde.
Trump, meanwhile, will keep a Twitter account @POTUS until it opens on January 20. That account, owned by the presidency, has an estimated 33 million followers, under part of his @realDonaldTrump account.