On Friday, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account and strictly limited the use of his government accounts for the presidency and White House.
Trump reacted to that astonishing escalation with a series of tweets on the official @POTUS account — but those tweets were quickly deleted by the platform, although not before screenshots of the messages had been taken and saved by the media, Breitbart reported.
In defiance of the Twitter overlords who want to silence him, Trump ripped the social media platform for its actions and announced his intent to find or build a suitable alternative that wouldn’t censor speech.
Trump denounces censorship
“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 wrote on his presidential account.
He continued, “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 and 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,” Trump concluded.
It wasn’t just Twitter that moved to permanently ban the president of the United States from its purportedly open and free platform, The Hill reported.
Facebook, and by extension Instagram, “indefinitely suspended” Trump’s accounts, as did Snapchat. Shopify also took down online stores run by the Trump campaign and Trump Organization, and Reddit deleted the massive and popular r/DonaldTrump subreddit used by many of his supporters.
Twitter to silence him totally
Based on a statement issued by Twitter after those messages from the president had been posted and deleted, it seemed likely that Twitter had taken down the posts, not the president or someone else with access to the presidential account, the Washington Examiner reported.
“As we’ve said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Examiner. “We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account. For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not suspend those accounts permanently but will take action to limit their use.”
The initial decision to permanently suspend the president’s personal account earlier Friday came following a supposed review that determined that a pair of tweets posted that morning were somehow in violation of the platform’s “glorification of violence” policy.
The platform further determined that those tweets, as well as other messages that Trump may post in the future, were “likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021.” In other words, the president was punished and silenced for things he hadn’t even said yet and actions by others that hadn’t even been committed and may not ever occur.