Trump beats Twitter ban by tweeting from @POTUS account: President says he may build his own platform, warns Twitter is in cahoots with ‘Radical Left and Dems’ to silence him and says there will be a ‘big announcement soon’ – before his tweets are deleted
President Trump on Friday night found a loophole around his Twitter ban by using the @POTUS account
He claimed that he may set up his own platform and accused Twitter of working with ‘Radical Left and Dems’ to silence him – just before the new tweets were swiftly deleted
Trump’s Twitter account has been permanantly banned, the company accounced in a blog post on Friday
The social media giant said it was due to the risk it would be used for ‘further incitement to violence’
It came after hundreds of Twitter employees wrote a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey calling for action
Trump’s account had 88.7million followers before being hit with an ‘account suspended’ note
His followers represent nearly half of the company’s total base of monetizable daily active users
Within an hour of the announcement, Twitter stock had fallen 3.8% and continued to drop
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell – two Trump loyalists – were also permanently banned by Twitter earlier on Friday
And the YouTube account for Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room’ podcast was ‘terminated for a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service’ afer the platform previously warned about accounts spreading election misinformation
The Trump campaign’s Twitter account was permanently banned later on Friday night
resident Donald Trump on Friday night found his way around a permanent Twitter ban by using the official account for the President of the United States before his tweets were swiftly deleted.
He urged his supporters to ‘STAY TUNED!’ as he claimed that Twitter is working with ‘Radical Left and Dems’ to silence him and to silence those who voted for him.
‘As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,’ he wrote.
The president also issued a further threat to Twitter by claiming that they would not exist without the ‘government’s gift of Section 230’.
Trump also claimed that he has ‘been negotiating with various other sites’ and promised a ‘big announcement soon’ as he vowed ‘We will not be SILENCED!’
‘Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely,’ Trump managed to fit in before his tirade was quickly shut down.
Minutes after the tweets were deleted, an official statement was issued to the White House press pool repeating his claims.
Twitter had announced on Friday night it has permanently banned Trump‘s account, claiming in a blog post that it was due to the risk of ‘further incitement to violence’, after the president’s supporters rioted through the U.S. Captiol on Wednesday.
‘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 company wrote.
The account had 88.7million followers, which is nearly half of the company’s total base of monetizable daily active users.
The Trump campaign’s Twitter account was also permanently banned later on Friday night.
Earlier on Friday, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell – two Trump loyalists – were also permanently banned by Twitter, and the YouTube account for Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room’ podcast was ‘terminated for a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service’.
Youtube had warned earlier this week that it would ban accounts that continued to spread misinformation about voter fraud.
Discord also announced Friday that it has banned the server The Donald which was connected the TheDonald dot Win and the Donald subreddit.
Facebook and Instagram had already banned the president’s account ‘at least’ until his term is over on January 20, if not indefinitely.
Donald Trump Jr. immediately spoke out about the ban, taking to his own Twitter account to claim that ‘free-speech no longer exists in America’.
‘We are living Orwell’s 1984,’ he fumed. ‘It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few. This is absolute insanity!’
‘So the ayatollah, and numerous other dictatorial regimes can have Twitter accounts with no issue despite threatening genocide to entire countries and killing homosexuals etc… but The President of the United States should be permanently suspended,’ he added in a second tweet. ‘Mao would be proud.’
Twitter has long given Trump and other world leaders broad exemptions from its rules against personal attacks, hate speech and other behaviours.
But in its lengthy statement the company said recent Trump tweets amounted to glorification of violence when read in the context of the Capitol riot and plans circulating online for future armed protests around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.