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Agree or disagree? Twitter issues statement to why they permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account

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Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s Twitter account Friday and has temporarily suspended several other accounts that he allegedly tweeted from after he was suspended, including digital director Gary Coby’s account.

Twitter issued the following statement into their reasoning as to why they permanently suspended Trump’s account.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

“However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.

“The below is a comprehensive analysis of our policy enforcement approach in this case.

On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:

“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

Shortly thereafter, the President tweeted:

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.

Assessment

We assessed the two Tweets referenced above under our Glorification of Violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

This determination is based on a number of factors, including:

President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th.

The second Tweet may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending.

The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.

The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election.

Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.

As such, our determination is that the two Tweets above 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 encouragement to do so.”

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  1. Concerned Citizen

    January 10, 2021 at 10:29 am

    This is SO SO SO UNJUST! Where is our freedom! Tweeter used its own personal feelings and interpretations about Trump’s statements to justify banning his tweeter account, as well as his supporters etc. This is a violation of the first amendment- freedom of speech. Tweeter makes money from people like Trump and anyone else posting their comments. The people do not have to pay for an account, it is free. The way tweeter makes it money is from businesses paying tweeter to post their ads. The businesses post their ads and then people with free accounts like Trump you and others see their ads and provide business. So, we the free account holders provide income for the businesses we use and to Tweeter who gets paid for the advertising. The first amendment does not limit private employers, i.e.. private businesses can restrict employee speech. But Trump was not an employee for the Tweeter business. Therefore, Tweeter did not have a right to restrict his speech. Trump was actually more like a free “selling product” for their business- a way that Tweeter could make more money! Tweeter violated Trump’s right to ” freedom of speech ” in our first amendment. They dumped his account because of their own personal viewpoints and interpretations about him and what he said on his Tweeter account! Discriminated against him and many other republicans! The United States of America IS NOT CHINA! We do not silence people just because we do not like what they say! Or because of our own personal interpretations about what they say! BOOOOO to Tweeter! Shame on you!

  2. Steve Hagan

    January 10, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Ridiculous!! Using this kind of “assessment process” allows these tyrants to ascribe potential or possible meaning of any kind to any statement. A perfect tool to silence any opposition. This shameful and arguably illegal behavior is no surprise, I mean Zuckerberg did steal the intellectual property of others in order to get where he is so integrity isn’t one of his more prominent qualities.

    • Ken Paiva

      January 10, 2021 at 11:06 am

      Mark Zuckerberg runs Facebook. Jack Dorsey runs Twitter.

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