The Epoch Times reports 'Twitter Permanently Removes Trump’s Account From Its Platform'
Big tech is banning conservatives.
This just in from The Epoch Times:
Twitter has permanently removed President Donald Trump’s account from its social media platform, saying that his recent Twitter posts were “in violation of the 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,” Twitter said in a statement.
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. 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.”
Twitter cited two of the president’s most recent posts as justification for its action.
The first post read, “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!!!”
Subsequently, the president posted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” This is the last Twitter post before Trump’s account was removed from the platform.
Twitter said that the two posts had violated its “Glorification of Violence policy.” The policy aims to “prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts,” according to the social media giant.
Its assessment determined that Trump’s last two Twitter posts “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.” Twitter said its determination is “based on a number of factors,” including five points listed in its statement.
The first point said that Trump’s statement about not attending the Inauguration “is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an ‘orderly transition’ on January 20th.”
Twitter added, in its second point, that Trump’s statement “may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a ‘safe’ target, as he will not be attending.”
The big tech giant said in its third point that Trump’s use of the words “American Patriots” to describe his supporters “is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.”
Shifting focus to Trump’s second-last post before his account was suspended, Twitter said in its fourth point that Trump’s saying that his supporters have a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as “further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an ‘orderly transition.'”
Lastly, Twitter said, “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.”
The Epoch Times cannot independently verify the claims made by Twitter in its determination.
The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House to enquire whether the president is considering using Parler or another alternative social media. The Epoch Times has also reached out for comment from the Trump campaign.
From the OC Conservative: "Left-wing big tech's censorship of conservatives"
See also: "Twitter Censoring Conservatives is Worse Than it Appears" by Townhall.
See also: "Big Tech Censorship Suppresses the Reopen California Movement" by the California Globe.
See also: Tim Pool's commentary on the coming social media "purge" of conservative voices.