Twitter Donald Trump's account Permanently Suspends in 2021, risk of Violent Incitement

 Suspends Donald Trump's account 







Twitter banned President Donald Trump's account on January 8, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence" following the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.

 

Twitter has long given Trump and other world leaders broad exemptions from its rules against personal attacks hate speech and other behaviors. But in a detailed explanation posted on its blog Friday, the company said recent Trump tweets amounted to the glorification of violence. 

when read in the context of the Capitol riot and plans circulating online for future armed protests around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.


The social platform has been under growing pressure to take further action against Trump following the Wednesday violence. On Wednesday, Facebook suspended Trump's account through Jan. 20 and possibly indefinitely.

 Twitter merely suspended Trump's account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about election fraud and praised the rioters who stormed the Capitol.

 

Trump’s Twitter persona has long functioned as a mix of policy announcements -- often out of the blue; complaints about the media; disparagement of women, minorities, and his perceived enemies; and praise for his supporters, replete with exclamation marks, all-caps, and one-word declarations such as “Sad!”

 

He has fired numerous officials on Twitter and his posts, like his speeches at rallies, are a torrent of misinformation.

In the Trump tweets cited by Twitter, Trump stated that he will not be attending the inauguration and referred to his supporters as “American Patriots,” saying they will have “a GIANT VOICE long into the future.” 

Twitter said these statements “are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as an encouragement to do.”

 


Twitter said its policy enables world leaders to speak to the public, but that these accounts “are not above our rules entirely” and can’t use Twitter to incite violence. Trump had roughly 89 million followers. Twitter shares fell roughly 3% in after-hours trading.

 

Jonathan Greenblatt, who heads the Anti-Defamation League, said Friday that banning Trump was an “excellent step” and “a fitting end to a legacy of spewing hate and vitriol." The ADL was part of a coalition of civil rights and advocacy groups on Friday calling for Twitter to ban Trump’s account.

 

On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell — as part of a broader purge of accounts promoting the conspiracy theory. Twitter said it will take action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm.

 


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