Twitter suspended the U.S. president indefinitely on Friday, taking a drastic measure to restrict his ability to interact with his fans. The decision was taken in light of Trump’s support for the aggressive invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. According to Twitter, this may appear abrupt to someone who is not paricularly acquainted with Trump’s Twitter presence.
In fact, during his four years as president, Twitter gave Trump several second chances, retaining him on the microblogging platform on the company’s conviction that speech by World leaders was in the public’s interest, even though it breaches the laws.
In a sequence of tweets from its official page “@TwitterSafety,” Twitter first declared Trump’s ban, but then decided to connect it to a blog post outlining its thought.
The platform revealed in a deep dive that after withdrawing and reinstating his account for breaches made on Wednesday, it gave Trump one more shot. But the next day, he was pushed over the fence by a series of tweets made by the president.
Twitter said such tweets, seen below, were not evaluated on a standalone basis, but rather in reference to his current conduct and the events of this week.
“We have found that these Tweets violate the Glorification of Violence Policy and that the user @realDonaldTrump should be permanently suspended from the service immediately,” Twitter said.
In a statement backing up the decision to permanently ban Trump, Twitter outlined the following as reason behind this move.
- “President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an ‘orderly transition’ on January 20th.
- “The second Tweet may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a ‘safe’ target, as he will not be attending.
- “The use of the words ‘American Patriots’ to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.
- “The mention of his supporters having a ‘GIANT VOICE long into the future’ and that ‘They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!’ is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an ‘orderly transition’ and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election.
- “Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.”