Trump is banned by the micro-blogging social media platform Twitter permanently. We are bringing all the details about the social media giant Twitter’s move. Twitter says the ban was slapped on Trump due to Twitter’s ‘Civic Integrity’ policy’s violation visible in Trump’s numerous tweets after the US Capitol siege.
The announcement was made via a tweet from Twitter Safety’s Twitter handle. Earlier on Wednesday, Twitter had blocked Trump’s account temporarily following the siege on US Capitol. The account had more than 88 million followers. According to Twitter, the decision of Trump’s Twitter account being banned permanently came after his temporary ban was lifted. After the temporary ban, Trump sent out two tweets on Friday.
In one of those tweets, Donald Trump vowed none of his supporters will be “disrespected”. In another, he claimed he would not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden’s presidency on 20th January. The company considered these tweets as a “Glorification of Violence Policy” and that “user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Twitter in a blog post clarified that “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.”
Twitter also wrote: “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 an encouragement to do so.”
Earlier, over 300 Twitter employees signed an internal petition calling for Donald Trump to be permanently removed from the platform they develop. An excerpt of the letter says: “Despite our efforts to serve the public conversation, as Trump’s megaphone, we helped fuel the deadly events of January 6th.”
Following the suit, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat too have suspended Trump’s account indefinitely. Zuckerberg owned Facebook suspended Trump’s Instagram and Facebook accounts for an indefinite period after his 24-hour initial ban.
It should be noted that the decision of banning Trump’s social media accounts wasn’t taken in an instant. Over the course of his presidency, he was known for posting problematic tweets and was warned by the platform more than once. He is also known to be responsible for sharing fake news around coronavirus and spreading misinformation. And thus, violating the elementary yet crucial policies of Twitter and Facebook.