Twitter, a US social media platform, announced on the 8th that it would “permanently ban” the personal account of current US President Donald Trump on the grounds that there is “a risk of further incitement to violence”.
This is the first time Twitter has “off” the name of a country’s leader. Trump said he would not be “silent” about it and is considering creating his own social media platform as soon as possible.
In a blog post, Twitter explained in detail the reason for the “off”, saying that two tweets made by Trump on the 8th constitute “glorifying violence” in the context of the Capitol riots and some armed protest plans circulating on the Internet against the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden.
Twitter, for example, said Trump would not attend Biden’s inauguration, which many supporters saw as a confirmation that last November’s presidential election was “unlawful”.
In addition, Trump called his supporters “American Patriots” and said that they would make “great voices that will last for a long time and into the future”. Twitter believes that these remarks encourage others to repeat the violence in the Capitol.
On January 6, a violent demonstration took place in Washington, D.C. Some demonstrators stormed the Capitol, interrupting the joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives to certify the results of the presidential election.
A female demonstradeer was shot dead by congressional police, and one police officer died of serious injuries.
Three other people died in the first aid process. Before the joint meeting, Trump addressed former protest supporters outside the White House, reiterating that he would not admit defeat.
Trump Personal Account @realDonaldTrump Over 88 million followers, and has accumulated more than 57,000 tweets since the Twitter account was opened in 2009.
After the impact on the Capitol, Trump’s personal account released a video repeatedly identifying election fraud and praising the demonstrators.
The account was subsequently banned for 12 hours. Twitter warned at that time that any further violations could be permanently banned.
Facebook, another social media platform, decided on the 7th to ban Trump’s account until at least the end of its term on the 20th.
After his personal Twitter account was blocked, Trump tweeted a series of tweets using the official account of the United States president @POTUS with 33.4 million followers, pointing out that “Twitter employees are complicit with Democrats and the radical left” in an attempt to “shut up” him and the 75 million voters who voted for him.
Trump said, “We will not be heard! Twitter has no freedom of speech.” He said he was considering establishing his own social media platform in the near future.
However, these tweets were quickly deleted by Twitter.
According to the Associated Press, Twitter has been “lenient” Trump for a long time despite explicit provisions against personal attacks, hate speech, etc.
Reuters reported that Twitter and Facebook have long granted Trump privileges, saying that Trump’s posts may be in violation of regulations, but in the public interest and therefore will not be deleted.
Twitter explained on the 8th that the leader’s account is “not completely above our rules” and Twitter should not be used to incite violence.
It’s not easy to change “Taiwan”
According to Reuters, since he became president, Trump’s personal account has tweeted about 26,000 tweets, an average of 18 tweets a day, sometimes more than 100 a day.
The Associated Press reports that Trump’s personal accounts are used for many purposes.
He announced policies in tweets, often surprising; complained about the media; demeaned women, minorities and his enemies; praised his supporters; and announced the dismissal of officials.
His tweets are often filled with exclamation points, with all the words capitalized and sometimes even with only one word.
Like his speech at a campaign rally, his tweets are full of false information.
Trump may move to other online platforms such as Parler after being banned by Twitter, the report said.
Two years after its establishment, Paler has made users speak more freely and is becoming more popular among Trump’s diehard fans.
Many people use it to spread false information and hate speech.
Google suspended downloading “Paler” from the Android store on the 8th, because the platform continued to appear content that attempted to incite violence in the United States. Google said that downloads would not resume unless the problem was resolved.
Apple issued a similar warning, giving Parlor a 24-hour correction.
Shannon McGregor, assistant professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina, believes that Trump’s influence may be greatly reduced if he shifts to other platforms.
Although Trump often complains about “fake news” about him in the mainstream media in the United States, he is eager to gain political legitimacy and status through mainstream media.