President Trump Issues A Statement Responding To His Twitter Ban
Statement from President Donald Trump:
“As I’ve 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 patriots who voted for me. Twitter may be a private company but with out the governments gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.”
“I predicted this would happen, we have been negotiating with numerous other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building our own platform in the near future! 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. STAY TUNE!!!”
The President’s statement comes after Twitter Permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s Twitter account hours earlier.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter said Friday it has permanently suspended the personal account of President Donald Trump, saying two tweets he posted Friday morning were appearing to rile up his supporters on social media two days after protests at the Capitol.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @RealDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter posted Friday.
In a blog postTwitter said two tweets the president posted on Friday were the final straw — not because of any over-the-top language, but because of how they were being perceived on social media.
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” Trump Tweeted Friday morning.
A short time later, he tweeted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter said the the announcement Trump would not attend the inauguration was being seen on social media as him not accepting the election results. It could also be seen as a signal for those considering violent acts that it was a “safe” target because Trump would not be there,” the platform said.
Twitter also said the term “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters was being interpreted on social media as support for those involved in Wednesday’s protest at the U.S. Capitol.
“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,” Twitter wrote.
“As such, our determination is that the two Tweets above are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.”
Twitter’s move deprives Trump of a potent tool he has used to communicate directly with the American people for more than a decade. He has used Twitter to announce policy changes, challenge opponents, insult enemies, and to praise his allies.
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., lashed out at Twitter.
“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. Mao would be proud,” Trump Jr. Tweeted.
Meanwhile, the @POTUS account — the official account of the President of the United States — has not been suspended. That account is often used to retweet @realdonaldtrump. But once Trump’s personal account was suspended, all those retweets disappeared from @POTUS, leaving it comparably barren to what it had been before.
At noon on Jan. 20, when Biden takes office, his team will take control of @POTUS and all the tweets in the account during the Trump administration will be archived.
Facebook on Thursday announced it was suspended Trump’s account until Biden takes office.