Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s personal account in a bid to silence him and cut off communication between him and his supporters. Facebook and other tech companies made similar moves to muzzle the president in the aftermath of the protests at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Refusing to be silenced, President Trump came roaring back on the official government @POTUS account, where he informed his supporters of what had happened and of his plans to join or even build a new social media alternative that values and protects the freedom of speech.
“We will not be SILENCED!”
In a thread of tweets that were soon deleted by Twitter, President Trump unloaded on the platform’s un-American censorship, Breitbart reported, sharing screenshots of the tweets.
“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” Trump wrote on Friday.
“Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long,” he continued. “I predicted this would happen and have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future.”
“We will not be SILENCED! Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely. STAY TUNED!” Trump added.
As noted, the tweets were quickly erased from the platform, apparently by Twitter employees who decided that the president of the United States using the government account specifically created for the president of the United States constituted an effort to circumvent the platform’s ban of his personal account.
“As we’ve said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules,” a spokesperson for Twitter told the Washington Examiner. “We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account. For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not suspend those accounts permanently but will take action to limit their use.”
Twitter bans Trump
Twitter’s initial decision to permanently suspend President Trump’s personal account was explained in a blog post that read as if it were lifted straight from George Orwell’s “1984.” Twitter said its decision was based on two tweets posted by Trump Friday morning that Twitter thought were likely to incite violence due to the “context” of recent events and a “pattern” of prior posts from the president.
In the post, Twitter also announced that due to how Trump’s tweets were being “received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
They then shared the tweets that prompted the decision — the first expressing support for his 75 million-plus voters, the second revealing he wouldn’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 — and concluded that “in the context of broader events,” those messages violated Twitter’s “Glorification of Violence” policy.
Trump urges calm
Trump condemned the violence at the Capitol and urged his supporters to “get on with the business of America” in a separate video posted on Thursday. “To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country,” he said. “And to those who broke the law, you will pay.”