Twitter has just suspended Donald Trump’s account “permanently”. Fearing new incitement to violence, the social network has decided to carry out its threats. The outgoing president quickly turned to the official profile of the US presidency to accuse the platform of censorship.
After the Capitol attack last Wednesday, Twitter had momentarily blocked all retweets, likes and replies to the post from Donald Trump’s account. The tenant of the White House had posted several tweets considered to be incitement to violence. Jack Dorsey’s social network had been uncompromising: in the event of a repeat offense, Donald Trump will be banned from the platform indefinitely. Last May, in the middle of Black Lives Matter, Twitter had for the first time reported one of Donald Trump’s tweets that called for shooting rioters.
After two days of calm, the billionaire finally split two tweets. In a first message, Donald Trump claimed that “The 75 million great American patriots who voted for me will not be looked down upon or treated unfairly in any way”. Secondly, the 45th President of the United States confirmed his absence at the investiture ceremony of Joe Biden January 20, 2021.
Donald Trump denounces Twitter censorship
Twitter estimated that these two new statements participated in the climate of violence that has emerged in the United States. “These two tweets need to be seen in the context of larger events in the country and means by which the president’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences ” Twitter explains. Fearing that Donald Trump is trying to add fuel to the fire, the social network has permanently suspended his account.
“After examining the content of recent tweet posted by the @realDonaldTrump account and in view of the current context, we have made the decision to suspend this account in order to limit the risks of incitement to violence ” announces the platform. Donald Trump’s official account, which listed 88 million subscribers, is no longer accessible. The politician is therefore no longer able to communicate through this account.
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Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump immediately tried to circumvent the restrictions. The tenant of the White House used the official Twitter account of the US presidency (@POTUS), which will soon be bequeathed to Joe Biden, to denounce the censorship put in place. “Twitter has gone further and further to hamper freedom of expression, and tonight Twitter employees came to an understanding with the Democrats and the Radical Left by suspending my account from their platform to silence me ” declares Donald Trump, before promising the creation of “our own platform in the near future ”.