resident Donald Trump is the latest high-profile figure to approach Twitter CEO Elon Musk with a request for information surrounding past enforcement actions taken against him under the previous management team.
Trump was suspended from the platform in January 2021 following the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building after he was blamed for ‘inciting’ the violence, and now he would like Musk, who has been releasing a trove of internal communications through a pair of journalists for more than a week, to reveal the inner workings behind the decision to ban him from Twitter permanently.
The 45th president’s request comes after journalists Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss revealed that the platform had kept “secret blacklists” of users to ‘shadow ban’ — or limit their reach.
“ELON: The Twitter releases are a revelation in that they show, in a very powerful fashion, the FBI and ‘Justice’ illegally colluding,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. “What everyone is REALLY waiting to see, however, is the Twitter information and thought process leading up to the time of the so-called ‘Election,’ and ultimately the ‘Deplatforming’ of the President of the United States. Big moment in history. Thank you!”
Following the Capitol riot, Twitter permanently banned Trump, claiming he violated the platform’s “Glorification of Violence” policy.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them—specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter—we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the platform announced at the time.
“Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly,” the company added. “It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open. However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”
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