Twitter Permanently Suspends President Donald Trump
Twitter permanently suspended Donald Trump Jan 8 following the riots on Capitol Hill just two days prior. Twitter has a Glorification of Violence policy which they found Trump to be in violation of, resulting in his profile being suspended.
On Jan. 8, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
Shortly thereafter, the President tweeted:
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Facebook blocked Trump indefinitely on Thursday, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg said that the firm believed “the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great” and that it would ban him “for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
Facebook and Twitter removed a video in which Trump continued claims of election fraud and told his violent supporters to “go home” but added, “We love you; you’re very special.”
Democratic and Republican politicians took to Twitter to share their views on the recent decision to permanently suspend Trump.
Thank you @twitter for taking this action,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., tweeted. “We must come together as a country to heal and find a common path forward.”
Republicans and Trump supporters also took to Twitter to condemn big tech following the suspension of Trump’s Twitter.
Many also critiqued Dorsey for allowing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to still operate on Twitter and Tweet about their re-education tactics that have “emancipated” Uygur women, who have been tortured and placed into concentration camps by the CCP.
“Disgusting. Big Tech wants to cancel all 75M @realDonaldTrump supporters,” tweeted Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign.
Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted: “Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country. #Unbelievable”
In an effort to combat misinformation after Trump’s election in 2016, Facebook hired third-party-fact-checkers. But critics and conservatives argue that fact-checkers are also biased.
In April 2018, Zuckerberg made a court appearance, testifying before Congress to apologize for the company’s missteps, fake news, hate speech and a lack of data privacy resulting in foriegn interference during the 2016 presidential elections taking place on his social media platform.
Despite users posting on extremist sites urging for an armed insurrection, signs were disregarded by law enforcement leading up to Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol. This resulted in the deaths of five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, who was reportedly hit with a fire extinguisher during the melee, according to NBC News.
On Thursday, Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said at a news conference that there was “no intelligence that suggested there would be a breach of the U.S. Capitol,” according to NBC News.