President Donald Trump isn’t going to let Twitter’s permanent ban on his personal account silence him, he said in messages posted through other accounts that were quickly deleted by the social media giant.
According to Just the News, the president promised to strike back against what he characterized as an assault on free speech by Twitter and said he “will have a big announcement soon” — one that may involve a new social media platform created by Trump himself.
“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,” Trump posted through the @POTUS account before it too was locked, according to Just the News.
“Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long,” the president continued. “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!”
Trump remains defiant amid bans
In addition to Twitter, Trump has been banned from posting on Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns, until at least after Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, according to the Associated Press.
The bans came after an attack on the U.S. Capitol Wednesday that many on the left alleged Trump had incited.
Despite the censorship, however, the president remains committed to using social media to get his message — notably, one of peace — out to the American people, and he’s been steadfastly defiant about towing some liberal-created line for what constitutes an acceptable post.
“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,” the president charged in his now-silenced post, as Just the News reported. “STAY TUNED!”
Conservatives show solidarity
Several prominent conservatives deactivated their Twitter accounts after news broke of Trump’s ban to show solidarity with him, including talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh and radio and Fox News broadcaster Mark Levin, reports noted.
Instead, some on the right, including top podcaster Dan Bongino, have headed to an alternative platform called Parler, but such a move may not solve the problem, as companies like Google and Apple have removed Parler from their app stores in recent days, citing further threats of violence allegedly being posted there.
In the meantime, many conservatives on Twitter say they are losing thousands of followers in what they’ve called a “purge,” but it wasn’t clear whether Twitter removed the accounts or whether conservatives exited the platform to express their displeasure with it, the Washington Examiner noted.
According to Fox Business, Twitter’s stock dropped 4% after it banned Trump, who had roughly 88 million followers on the platform.