Twitter terminated multiple accounts this week for breaking its rules against avoiding account bans, alleging they were put up to distribute messages from a new section of former US President Donald Trump’s website.
Following the tragic Jan. 6 siege of the US Capitol by Trump’s fans, he was banned from Twitter, where he had over 88 million followers and several other social media networks.
On Tuesday, Trump established a page on his website called “From the Desk of Donald J. T..,” where he sends remarks that his fans can share on Twitter and Facebook.
According to a Twitter spokeswoman, “as stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose evident aim is to replace or promote content linked with a suspended account.”
Trump’s account has been ‘permanently suspended’ on Twitter:
According to the firm, US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been “permanently suspended… due to the potential of additional encouragement of violence.”
It comes amid a Big Tech cleanup of Mr. Trump’s and his allies’ web platforms. On Twitter, some MPs and celebrities have been pushing for Mr. Trump’s ban for years.
On Thursday, former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted that Silicon Valley behemoths should cease backing Mr. Trump’s “monstrous behavior” and permanently deport him.
Like all of you, I’ve been feeling so many emotions since yesterday. I tried to put my thoughts down here: pic.twitter.com/9xzRvrpk7y
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 7, 2021
What was the reason for Trump’s exclusion?
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump’s account was suspended for 12 hours after he branded the people who stormed the US Capitol “patriots.”
As the US Congress attempted to recognize Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, hundreds of his supporters descended on the facility. Four civilians and a police officer were killed in the ensuing fighting. If Mr. Trump broke the platform’s rules again, Twitter threatened to remove him “permanently.”
Mr. Trump returned to Twitter on Friday and made two posts that the business characterized as the final straws.
“The 75,000,000 wonderful American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future,” he wrote in one of them. In no way, shape, or form will they be disrespected or treated improperly!!!”
This post is being viewed as “more evidence that President Trump does not intend to help an ‘orderly transition,'” according to Twitter.” To all of those who have asked, I will not be attending the Inauguration on January 20th,” the president tweeted the next day. This was “regarded by a number of his fans as a fresh indication that the election was not valid,” according to Twitter. Both of these tweets were deemed “in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy” by Twitter.
When did Twitter take action against Trump for the first time?
In May 2020, Twitter took action against Mr. Trump by adding fact-checks to tweets he issued suggesting postal votes were rigged.
Later that week, it issued a cautionary statement after President Donald Trump threatened to send in the military to stop Black Lives Matter protests, saying, “When the looting begins, the shooting begins.”
Throughout the year, Twitter utilized fact-checks and warning labels for Trump’s comments regarding the coronavirus and the presidential election, ending in Friday’s ban.
If Trump’s account is reinstated, he says he will not return to Twitter:
According to a statement sent to Fox News on Monday, former President Donald Trump claimed he will not return to Twitter if his account is reactivated. Trump’s remarks against Twitter come on the same day that Elon Musk’s offer to buy the publicly traded firm for $54.20 per share, valuing the social media network at $44 billion, was approved.
The announcement sparked speculation that Trump would return to the social networking platform if given permission, but he appears to be uninterested, instead opting to publicly join his own Truth Social platform within the following seven days.
Trump told Fox News, “I’m not going on Twitter; I’m going to stay on Truth.” “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll improve it and he’s a nice guy, but I’m sticking with Truth.” The basic line is that I will not return to Twitter.”
Following the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Twitter permanently banned Trump in January 2021, citing worries about the “potential of further inciting of violence.” Despite the fact that Trump had previously broken the platform’s rules, the corporation has kept his account under its special guidelines for world leaders and public information.
Today, as Twitter formally announced its arrangement with Musk, shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp, which announced a deal in October to acquire Trump Media & Technology Group, plunged 9.5 percent. It’s possible that Trump will reconsider his decision to rejoin Twitter as a result of Truth’s poor start.
In February, Trump’s media organization released the Truth Social iOS app, but it was unavailable to consumers for a long period. Truth is being promoted as a viable alternative to social media behemoths such as Twitter and Facebook. If Trump continues to post on Truth on a regular basis this week, it will signal his comeback to social media after being banned from a number of platforms, including Twitter and Facebook. He’s only made one post on Truth so far.
In terms of Twitter, Musk believes that “free expression” is critical to the company’s future success. The transaction, which was unanimously authorized by the board, is expected to finalize this year after shareholder and regulatory approvals, as well as “the satisfaction of other normal closing conditions,” according to Twitter.