Twitter played whack-a-mole with Donald Trump last night as he desperately tried to get his voice out there following his permanent ban.
In an unprecedented move, the social media giant announced on Friday they had blocked the president’s account completely ‘due to the risk of further incitement of violence’ after the deadly US Capitol riots on Wednesday.
The US leader didn’t take kindly to the ban, taking to his POTUS Twitter account to accuse the platform of taking away his ‘free speech’ and suggest he may soon create his own rival social media site.
He wrote: ‘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.
‘Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.
‘I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out 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 TUNED.’
Twitter deleted the posts soon after the president launched his rampage, although the POTUS account itself must remain active in order to be handed over to Joe Biden on January 20.
However, the Trump 2020 campaign Twitter account received a suspension after retweeting the president’s message.
Minutes later, an official statement from the White House was released which repeated the claims in the deleted tweet.
Digital director for the Trump campaign, Gary Coby, was next to have his account suspended by Twitter as he changed his picture and name to Trump’s and offered up his account for the taking.
Tweeting the president’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, he wrote: ‘@DanScavino texting you my Twitter login … I already updated the profile pic, name, etc. Feel free to use!’
Twitter’s official Safety account confirmed the president’s ban on Friday night, saying: ‘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.
‘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 and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.’
It comes after five people died as pro-Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill this week in a bid to overturn the results of November’s presidential election.
The unrest came just hours after the president held a rally nearby at which he told supporters to ‘walk down to the Capitol’.
He said: ‘You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.’
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