Oakland, California. – Twitter said on Friday that it had permanently suspended President Trump from his service “because of the risk of further incitement to violence,” effectively reaching out to the public and capping a series of actions by him Cut them from your favorite megaphone. ” Mainstream sites to limit her online access.
Twitter said blog post Mr. Trump’s personal @realDonaldTrump account, which has more than 88 million followers, will be suspended immediately. The company made two tweets that Mr. Trump posted on Friday – one calling his supporters “patriots” and another saying he would not go to the presidential inauguration on January 20 – he called for his rules on glorifying violence Violated.
“The tweets were highly likely to encourage and motivate people to repeat criminal acts that occurred in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Twitter said, referring to the storming of the Capitol by a crowd of Tritt loyalists.
Within minutes, Mr. Trump’s account on Twitter was no longer visible or accessible.
The move was an overwhelming counter-protest by Mr. Trump’s Twitter, who used the platform to build their base and spread their messages, often filled with lies and threats. Mr. Trump regularly tweeted dozens of times a day, sending a flurry of messages in the morning or late evening. In his post, he gave his live reactions to television news programs, raising supporters and attacking his alleged enemies.
“The permanent suspension of Trump’s Twitter account is long overdue,” said Shannon McGregor, a senior researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “This is important de-platforming for Trump. The inability to tweet cuts off her direct access to the press – and, by extension, the public. “
A day earlier, Facebook had stopped Mr. Trump for the rest of his term, and on other digital platforms – including Snapchat, YouTube, Twitch and Reddit – recently also limited Mr. Trump on his services.
These actions were a perfect example of the power of social media companies and how they could work almost unilaterally when they chose to. Over the years, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms had positioned themselves as defenders of free speech, saying that the positions of world leaders like Mr. Trump should be allowed because they were new. Companies were denied touching his account even after he was convicted for allowing the flow of misinformation and lies.
Donald Trump Jr., Mr. Trump’s son, called the Twitter move “complete insanity” and said tech companies were pummeled. “We are living in Orwell’s 1984,” he tweeted.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In the past, Mr. Trump had repeatedly told colleagues that there was an increased likelihood that social media firms would stop him, saying, “They will never ban me.”
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The online pushback against Mr. Trump began on Wednesday after his loyalists, urged by the president, dismantled the Capitol Building. Subsequently, Twitter temporarily closed Mr. Trump’s account, followed by Facebook. At the time, Twitter said that the risks of keeping her comment live on its site were too high.
The company said Mr Trump could return to his platform if he deleted several tweets calling for lies or violence about the election, which violated his policies. One of the tweets was a video posted by Mr. Trump after the police pushed the crowd back where he told his supporters: “We love you. You are very special “
After Mr. Trump took down those positions, he was reinstated on the site on Thursday. Late on Thursday, he issued a sensory message, stating that he was angry with the violence and would facilitate a peaceful change of power.
But Mr Trump returned early on Friday to make inflammatory tweets calling his supporters the “American Patriots”, who would be future “giant voices”. He also said that he would not attend the inauguration on 20 January.
Twitter said those messages appeared to condemn the violence on Wednesday and were likely to spark further violence. It said one about the inauguration offered the date as a target for the attack because Mr Trump would not be present.
Earlier on Friday, Twitter employees immediately met with Trump to discuss Trump’s decision, according to two people familiar with the meeting, as did Facebook. He said many employees were upset that Twitter had not permanently suspended Mr. Trump.
Emerson Brooking, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, said that Mr. Trump’s Twitter account is now down, in some ways, since too late Mr. Trump had already spread so many conspiracy theories on the platform. Years.
“Brooking said,” Removing Trump from Twitter does not fix our politics or bring millions of Americans into reality. “” But it makes it quite difficult for disinfection to enter the mainstream. And it has become harder for Trump to reach his followers. “
Twitter’s suspension can cause headaches for the Trump administration when it comes to complying with the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which requires preservation of presidential content and communications. This includes tweets – which, for example, after Mr. Bump Obama took over, each tweet posted by President Barack Obama and his staff on the @POTUS account was permanently archived on a new account @ POTUS44 .
Whether the requirement applies to Mr Trump’s personal account as well as tweets sent from the official presidential account is a matter of debate, but legal experts have generally agreed that it should apply.
Maggie Astor and Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.