Today, Twitter took a huge step which has been six years in the making – it has suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, citing consistent violations of their user policies and a fear that the President’s tweets may incite further violence after recent rampage in the nation’s Capitol.
Twitter published the following explanation:
As per Twitter’s official blog, they state that, due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, as well as an increase in “the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.”
Thus, due to Twitter’s Glorification of Violence policy, the step to ban Trump’s account was chosen. This puts a huge strain on the medium through which the President can effectively communicate to his millions of followers across the U.S., and will most certainly cause an uproar from right-wing personalities in the coming days.
Jack Dorsey is yet to speak on this publicly himself.