January 9, 2021 9:08 AM | With information from DPA and EFE
15 minutes. Twitter announced on Friday that it permanently suspended the account on the social network of outgoing US President Donald Trump, given “the risk of further incitement to violence” on his part.
Trump’s personal account on the social network, @realDonaldTrump, one of his most powerful tools of Government during the last 4 years, appears blank, without even the profile photos of the president, and with the message “account suspended.”
“After a careful review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence“Twitter indicated in a release posted on his official blog.
The social network already temporarily suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours this Wednesday, after the president justified in a tweet the assault on the Capitol by his sympathizers, which resulted in five deaths, at least thirteen police officers injured and all kinds of destruction in the Legislative headquarters.
“We made it clear Wednesday that any further violation of Twitter’s rules would potentially result in this same measure,” the statement added.
After recovering his account, Trump tweeted on Thursday a video in which he condemned the assault on the Capitol and acknowledged the defeat in the November elections, and this Friday he issued two other messages.
It was those two tweets that led Twitter to make the decision to permanently remove Trump’s account. Those responsible for the social network concluded that they violated their policy on the glorification of violence.
In the first of those tweets, Trump declared: “The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, UNITED STATES FIRST and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE in the future.”
“They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!”
In the second, the outgoing president announced: “To all those who have asked me, I will not go to the inauguration on January 20,” in reference to the inauguration of the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The reasons for Twitter
Twitter analyzed the announcement that he will not go to the investiture. Said “It is being received by many of his followers as a confirmation that the elections were not legitimate and as a reversal of its previous commitment “to an” orderly transition “on January 20.
Also, that tweet too “He can serve as an encouragement to those who may be considering violent acts (by making it clear) that the inauguration would be a ‘safe’ target, because he will not attend”added Twitter.
The social network recalled that “plans for future armed protests” have already begun to spread, on and off Twitter. They specifically allude to a “proposal for a secondary attack on the Capitol of the United States and state capitol buildings on January 17. “
“The use of the words ‘American patriots’ (in the first tweet) to describe some of their followers is also being interpreted (on the network) as support for those who committed violent acts on Capitol Hill,” continued those responsible for the social network.
Finally, he referred to the promise that his followers will have a “GIANT VOICE in the future” and that “they will not be disrespected”. He asserted that this is being taken on the networks as a sign that Trump “does not plan to facilitate an ‘orderly transition.’ On the contrary, they consider that it is a way to continue “supporting, empowering and shielding those who believe they won the elections.”
It is a extraordinary measure by Twitter. For years, the company refused to censor Trump’s tweets as being in the public interest given his status as president. However, it recently began to label them with warnings that they contradicted official facts or data.
Measures against Parler
The measures were not limited to Trump. They spread to other people in his circle who spread messages supporting the Qanon conspiracy, who believes that Trump is chosen to dismantle a pedophile plot made up of Democratic elites.
Among the suspended accounts are that of the attorney for the team that defended the electoral fraud theory, Sidney Powell. Also that of the former National Security adviser recently pardoned by President Michael Flynn, who even suggested to Trump that he implement martial law.
Twitter also blocked the Trump campaign account after it reposted the president’s deleted messages.
Also, Google temporarily suspended the Parler social network application used by Trump supporters. The measure will be in effect until it imposes a content moderation system. Apple, for its part, gave the application 24 hours before following in Google’s footsteps.
Reddit and Discord
Similarly, other platforms that hosted Trumpist communities such as Reddit or Discord closed some of the forums used by the president’s supporters.
In the case of Discord, the company issued a statement collected by the media specialized in technology The Verge. He says that the closed server was linked to a website that spread disinformation about the US elections. He claims that he also called for an armed insurrection in the United States and incited violence.
“They will not silence us”
Following the move, Trump condemned Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend his account on the social network. He said that he is considering creating his own platform to spread his messages without filters.
“They will not silence us!” Trump exclaimed in a statement distributed by the White House.
“I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with several other sites, and we will have a big announcement soon, while also looking at the possibilities of building our own platform in the near future“he added.
The outgoing president said that Twitter “has gone further and further in banning freedom of expression”. He accused them of having “coordinated with Democrats and the radical left” to delete his account.
“They have silenced me and YOU, to the 75 million great patriots who voted for me, “Trump stressed. He also complained about the protections that Twitter and other social networks enjoy, which exempt them from legal consequences for what third parties publish on their websites.