Twitter Upholds Trump Ban Permanently
Twitter Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal said the decision to ban Trump is permanent and he will remain banned even if he were to win an upcoming presidential election.
“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” Segal said.
“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service, and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”
Segal also said other public officials could potentially be removed from the platform.
“[Trump] was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who’s a public official once they’ve been removed from the service.”
Twitter initially banned Trump for allegedly inciting violence in relation to the riot that occurred on Capitol Hill Jan. 6.
The majority of the participants of the insurrection were Trump supporters who were angry due to Trump’s repeated claims that the election was fraudulent, however, those claims were dismissed in courts.
Despite claiming voter fraud, Trump did not directly call for his supporters to riot at Capitol Hill, even telling his supporters to “go home in peace.” Trump rebuked the riot, although Democrats argued the contrary during the impeachment hearings.
“No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence,” Trump said.
In Trump’s Senate trial, which began this week regarding his alleged role in the riots, the House pointed to Trump’s unproven claims of voter fraud.
The House pre-trial memo said Trump is being impeached “because he willfully incited an insurrection against the government.”
“President Trump’s repeated claims about a ‘rigged’ and ‘stolen’ election were false, no matter how many contortions his lawyers undertake to avoid saying so. When [Trump] demanded that the armed, angry crowd at his Save America Rally ‘fight like hell’ or ‘you’re not going to have a country anymore,’ he wasn’t urging them to form political action committees about ‘election security in general,’” the memo said.
The decision to uphold Trump’s ban comes despite criticism from several public figures about big-tech censorship.
“We’re seeing now once again how dangerous these big tech monopolies are and how imperative it is… that we actually bring about solutions to break up the power that they have amassed,” Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said.
Pompeo also tweeted Jan. 9, “Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left. They’ve worked to silence opposing voices for years.”