President Donald Trump found his way into a permanent Twitter ban on Friday evening using the official account for the President of the United States.
Trump claimed he could set up his own platform in the tweets, which were quickly deleted by Twitter.
He urged his supporters to "TUNED!" when he claimed that Twitter was linked to & # 39; Radical Left and Dems & # 39; works together to silence him.
"As I've said for a long time, Twitter has continued to ban free speech, and tonight Twitter staff coordinated with the Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from their platform in order to silence me – and YOU to bring up the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me, ”he wrote.
& # 39; Twitter may be a private company, but without the government gift of Section 230, they wouldn't exist long.
I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other locations and will receive a big announcement shortly. We are also examining the possibilities of setting up our own platform in the near future. We are not silenced!
Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. It's about promoting a platform for the radical left where some of the most vicious people in the world can speak freely. & # 39;
Twitter announced on Friday evening that it had permanently blocked Trump's account A blog post pointed out that this was due to the risk of "further incitement to violence" after the President's supporters fought through the US Captiol on Wednesday.
"After carefully examining the latest tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – especially how they are received and interpreted on and outside of Twitter – we have permanently blocked the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence", said the company wrote.
The account had 88.7 million followers, which is nearly half of the company's total base of monetizable daily active users.
On the previous Friday, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell – two Trump loyalists – were also permanently banned from Twitter and the YouTube account for Steve Bannon's podcast "War Room" was terminated for violating the YouTube Terms of Service. .
Youtube warned earlier this week that it would ban accounts that continued to spread misinformation about election fraud.
Discord also announced on Friday that the server The Donald, which was linked to the TheDonald Dot Win and the Donald Subreddit, has been banned.
Facebook and Instagram had already "at least" blocked the president's account until his term of office expired on January 20, if not for an indefinite period.
Donald Trump's Twitter account on Friday evening was permanently banned
President Donald Trump's Twitter account has been permanently deleted
Trump's final tweets: Twitter said Trump was guilty of glorifying violence by calling the rioters "American patriots" in one of his final tweets on Friday morning before being banned from the platform for good
In his penultimate tweet, the president said he would not attend the inauguration. Twitter said this tweet could be interpreted by Trump's supporters as an indication that the inauguration event will be a safe target
Donald Trump Jr. immediately spoke out about the ban and went on his own Twitter account to claim that there is no longer free speech in America.
"We live Orwell's 1984," he snorted. & # 39; It died with great technology and what's left is only for a select few. This is absolute madness! & # 39;
Twitter has long granted Trump and other world leaders extensive exemptions from its rules against personal attacks, hate speech and other behavior.
However, in its lengthy statement, the company said the recent Trump tweets glorified violence when read in connection with the Capitol riot and plans for future armed protests against the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden circulated online.
Twitter said it made the decision after discovering that two Trump tweets on Friday violated the Policy Glorifying Violence.
The first tweet read, “The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKING AMERICA BIG AGAIN, will have a HUGE VOICE going forward.
"You will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, form or form!"
Donald Trump Jr. immediately spoke out in favor of the ban, claiming that there was no longer free speech in America.
Within an hour of the announcement, the number of points shared by Twitter fell 1.95 points and continued to decline
In the second edition, viewed by Twitter, the president wrote that he would not attend the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Twitter claimed that the tweets should be read in the context of more general events in the country and the way in which the President's statements can be mobilized by various audiences, including incitement to violence, as well as in the context of the behavioral pattern of that account in the last weeks & # 39 ;.
The company said Trump was guilty of glorifying violence by calling the rioters "American patriots" in Wednesday's first tweet.
It was alleged that the tweet could be interpreted as a sign that Trump agreed that there should be no "orderly transition" as they warned that information was already on the social media platform about a planned secondary attack on the US -Capitol and State Capitol buildings circling Jan. 17 & # 39 ;.
Twitter also concluded that Trump states that he would not attend the inauguration and that he states that this would be a "safe" target for his loyalists to attack.
"In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of Twitter rules would potentially lead to this very course of action," the statement added.
'Our framework of public interest is to allow the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders. It is based on the principle that the people have the right to openly hold power to account.
"However, we made it clear years ago that these accounts are not completely above our rules and, among other things, cannot use Twitter to incite violence."
The social media platform is under increasing pressure to take further action against Trump after the deadly uprising in the US Capitol on Wednesday, in which five people were killed.
It came after hundreds of Twitter employees wrote a pictured letter to CEO Jack Dorsey calling for action
Twitter initially suspended the president's account for 12 hours after posting a video repeating false claims of electoral fraud and praising the rioters who stormed the Capitol.
Trump was allegedly furious about being blocked by Twitter and complained to aides that he couldn't send messages to his followers, sources told the Daily Beast.
He allegedly claimed his ban was an example of big tech firms trying to silence him.
However, after his 12-hour suspension, Trump continued tweeting Thursday. Twitter had announced that it could take further action as it followed the activities on the ground and the statements made by Twitter.
The company also announced the decision after hundreds of Twitter employees signed a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey asking for the account to be removed in praise of the Capitol rioters.
"Despite our efforts to serve as Trump's megaphone of public conversation, we helped fuel the deadly events of January 6," the staff wrote.
Following the announcement, Twitter's shares fell 3.8 percent in an hour and continued to plummet.
At the same time, there were reports that the Parler social media app crashed when it appeared that Trump's supporters fled to the more conservative platform and abandoned Twitter.
On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists – former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell – as part of a broader cleanup of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. Twitter promised to take action against behaviors that can lead to offline harm.
"Given the renewed potential for violence in connection with this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are only intended for the distribution of QAnon content," said a statement from Twitter.
The company also said Trump attorney Lin Wood was permanently suspended on Tuesday for violating his rules, but did not provide additional details.
The company states that if it finds that a group or campaign is engaged in "coordinated malicious activity" it can suspend accounts that it determines are primarily promoting that behavior.
An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Wednesday
"Now Congress has confirmed the results and a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus is now on ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power," he said
Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that stunned the nation
Other tech companies also acted faster on Trump's accounts this week, citing threats of violence.
Snapchat has suspended Trump's account "indefinitely". Twitch, Amazon's live streaming site used by Trump's speech streaming campaign, disabled Trump's account until he left office.
Ecommerce company Shopify has closed two online Trump memorial stores.
YouTube also announced more general changes penalizing accounts that spread misinformation about election fraud in the 2020 election, with repeat offenders having to be permanently removed.
Reddit banned a forum for Trump supporters called "Donaldtrump" on Friday.
Twitter's shares had already fallen on Thursday after the 12-hour ban, suggesting that the loss of Trump's followers could lead them to focus on other platforms.
Meanwhile, Facebook – which went way beyond Twitter with an "indefinite" suspension of Trump's account – rose two percent on Thursday, reflecting a broader surge among top tech stocks.
The difference between the companies' ads is likely due to Trump's presence on Twitter having a much bigger impact on bottom line results, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The 89 million followers on Trump's main Twitter account @realDonaldTrump made up nearly 48 percent of the company's total base of monetizable daily active users at the end of the third quarter.
Facebook has a much larger base of 1.8 billion daily active users, and less than two percent of them – 35 million – are supporters of Trump.
Twitter's stock losses reflect broader investor concerns about the platform in a post-President Trump world, WSJ reported.
Sidney Powell, who served on Trump's legal team for just over a week, was banned from Twitter as of Friday
Michael Flynn, Trump's former National Security Advisor, has also been banned from Twitter
It is because the site is facing other engagement uncertainties which have skyrocketed in 2020 amid a volatile political climate and the coronavirus pandemic.
With the COVID-19 vaccines arriving and a more moderate president taking office, Twitter exposure is expected to drop dramatically, closer to where it was early last year.
Twitter has long had a tumultuous relationship with Trump, who has repeatedly circumvented its rules regarding misinformation and harmful content.
However, Facebook sticked to the suspension of the president's Facebook and Instagram accounts, which will remain in place at least until his term ends on January 20.
In an unusual blog post, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg accused Trump of using the platform to "incite violent uprisings against a democratically elected government".
Zuckerberg said the president used his Facebook page to "condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol," and that it would be too risky for him to post freely in the last 13 days of his tenure could.
"The shocking events of the past 24 hours clearly show that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining term in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transfer of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden," he wrote.
& # 39; His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters in the Capitol has rightly troubled people in the US and around the world.
“We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect – and probably their intent – is to provoke further violence.
Now that the election results have been confirmed by Congress, it must be a priority for the whole country to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after the inauguration are peaceful and in accordance with established democratic norms.
& # 39; For the past few years, we've allowed President Trump to use our platform according to our own rules and sometimes remove content or flag his posts if it violates our guidelines.
“We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the widest possible access to political and even controversial language.
"But the current context is radically different now and includes using our platform to instigate violent uprisings against a democratically elected government."
In the 13 days of his presidency, Trump will not be able to communicate with his 35.2 million followers on Facebook
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg pictured above with the president accused Trump of using the platform to "instigate a violent uprising against a democratically elected government" on Thursday
Zuckerberg concluded, “We believe the risk that the president will continue to use our ministry during this time is just too great.
"That is why we are extending the block that we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful change of power is complete."
Trump had only tweeted twice on Friday announcing his refusal to uphold the tradition by going to Biden's swearing-in ceremony when his remaining aides and allies referred to him as a "total monster" and "mad King George" as his presidency ends in chaos.
Trump isolated himself from his staff and the Republican Party, who had been hiding in the Oval Office with a bunker mentality when the aides asked him to send a message of healing to the country after the MAGA mob storming Capitol Hill.
He returned to Twitter Thursday night – after the social media network banned his account – with a call for "peace" and "unity", despite his own role in whipping the mob that stormed the Capitol and killed one Police officers left four unrecognized deaths of their own in their wake.
But on Friday morning the peacemaking ended: He published a tweet in part in all capital cities to thank his supporters and to call them "great American patriots".
The last president not to attend his successor's swearing-in ceremony was President Andrew Johnson in 1869 – who had also been indicted. Both John Adams and John Quincy Adams have berated their successors as well.
Shortly after Trump announced the nudge, Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton, announced that they would be attending. George W. Bush and his wife Laura had already confirmed that they would attend. Jimmy Carter, 96) and Ms. Roslynn, 93) will be absent, the first inauguration they have missed since 1977 while trying to protect themselves from COVID.
Trump and first family will reportedly be leaving the White House on Jan. 19 to fly to his Mar-a-Lago Florida residence – a decision made to keep him on an Air Force One plane is allowed to fly, a privilege he loses as soon as he is not the seated president.
TWITTER'S COMPLETE STATEMENT ON THE TRUMPING PROHIBITION
Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump
After carefully examining the latest tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – especially how they are received and interpreted on and outside of Twitter – we have permanently blocked the account due to the risk of further inciting violence.
In connection with terrible events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of Twitter rules could potentially lead to this very course of action. Our public interest framework enables the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders. It is based on the principle that the people have the right to openly hold power to account.
However, we made it clear years ago that these accounts are not completely above our rules and, among other things, cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent about our policies and how they are enforced.
Below is a full analysis of our approach to policy enforcement in this case.
On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:
& # 39; The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKING AMERICA BIG AGAIN, will continue to have a HUGE VOTE. You will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, in any form or in any form! & # 39;
Shortly thereafter, the president tweeted:
"For everyone who asked, I won't go to the inauguration on January 20th."
With ongoing tensions in the United States and an increase in global conversation regarding the people who forcibly stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two tweets must be read in the context of more general events in the country and in the ways that how the President's statements can be mobilized by various audiences, including incitement to violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior found in this report in recent weeks After evaluating the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence Policy, we determined that these Tweets violated the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately and permanently suspended from service.
We evaluated the above two tweets as part of our Glorification of Violence Policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that might inspire others to repeat acts of violence, and found that they are most likely to encourage and inspire people to repeat the offenses that took place on January 6, 2021 in the US Capitol.
This determination is based on a number of factors including:
- President Trump's statement that he will not attend the inauguration will be received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was illegitimate and is viewed as a rejection of his earlier claim, which his deputy made two tweets ( 1, 2) Chief of Staff Dan Scavino said there would be an "orderly transition" on January 20th.
- The second tweet can also serve as an encouragement to those who may be considering violent acts that the inauguration would be a "safe" target as it will not be in attendance.
- The use of the words "American Patriots" to describe some of his followers is also interpreted as support for those who commit acts of violence in the US Capitol.
- Mentioning his supporters who have a "HUGE VOICE long in the future" and that "they will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, form or form !!!" is interpreted as a further indication that President Trump does not intend to facilitate an "orderly transition", but rather that he wants to continue to support, empower and protect those who believe they have won the election.
- Plans for future armed protests have already begun to spread on and off Twitter, including a planned secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and State Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.
Therefore, we believe that the above two tweets are likely to inspire others to repeat the acts of violence that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are several indicators that they are being received and taken as encouragement to do so.
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