Twitter has permanently banned Donald Trump from the site. Twitter defended their ban in a statement by claiming that: “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.”
For a few minutes the President was able to get some tweets up anyway from the official @POTUS account reserved for the current President of the United States.
His message, before it was deleted, alluded to the fact that he will “have a big announcement soon” and that he was looking “at the possibilities of building out our own platform.” A possibility he might need in case he wants to keep communicating directly with his base since most of the larger social media platforms have followed Twitters lead and banned him.
“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...”
Twitter took offense to Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn a group of his supporters stormed Capitol building while Congress met to certify the election results. In a tweet, the President shared a video in which he encouraged the group to return home, while reassuring his followers that he loved them and that they were special.
At that time, Twitter said that Trump’s tweets contained “repeated and severe violations” of its policy on civic integrity and threatened that any future violations would result in “permanent suspension” of the president’s account.
Twitter said, "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."
The company determined the tweets violated its "Glorification of Violence Policy" and that "user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service."
Rep. Nancy Mace, argued persuasively that Twitter ‘completely hypocritical’ for banning President Trump’s account while allowing actual dictators to remain on the site.
It seems clear that Twitter had a vendetta against President Trump for quite some time, and they waited until the end of his presidency to finally act upon it. It seems that it was only going to be a matter of time before they used one of his tweets as “justification” for deleting his account.
It remains to be seen if President Trump will attempt to strike back at Twitter and the other social media giants, or if he plans to launch his own platform. For more information on how Section 230 protects these social media platforms see here.