Twitter Permanently Suspends President Donald Trump's Account
Jan 09 2021
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines called Twitter's Friday ban of President Donald Trump "censorship", and demanded in a letter to the social media giant that the account be reinstated. "We will not be SILENCE!", Trump added.
It comes as Republicans loyal to the president decried the suspension as an assault on free speech, criticising Twitter for leaving unchecked the accounts of Chinese and Iranian officials.
The announcement came the day after the outgoing US leader was locked out of all major social media platforms due to his false claims about the legitimacy of his loss to Biden, and for inciting the angry mob that stormed the US Capitol. Facebook Inc. said earlier this week it was suspending his account until at least the end of his presidential term.
This was followed by another tweet, where he announced that he will not attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter noted that they told him then that "additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action".
The national public opinion survey, conducted Thursday and Friday, also showed that seven out of 10 of those who voted for Trump in November opposed the action of the hardcore supporters who broke into the Capitol while lawmakers were meeting to certify the election victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
Twitter explained that those tweets have to be viewed in the context of the recent coup attempt by far right Trump supporters, who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
Hayes went on to question if Harris believed Trump knows he's putting people's lives at risk when he tweets irresponsibly, to which she bluntly replied, "Does it matter?" and compared him to "a two-year-old with a machine gun". They said he would lose access to those privileges upon leaving office, however.
Twitter started labeling and putting warnings on Trump's tweets previous year for repeatedly violating its rules, including its policies against glorifying violence, manipulating media or sharing potentially misleading information about voting processes.
Conservatives whined about their "new dystopian future", but Trump simply used a different account to complain about the company.
Citing possible violence and misinterpretation as reasons, the social platform revealed the reason behind their move, making it clear that absolutely no one, was getting away with breaking their community guidelines.
One of the tweets included Trump's claim that the election was "fraudulent" while another seemed to make excuses for the chaos and the destructive behavior of his supporters.