In a reversal of its long standing plan, Twitter has locked the President of the United State’ Twitter account and forced the objective of eliminating three offending tweets.
” As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C ., we have required the objective of eliminating three @realDonaldTrumpTweets “thats been” posted early in the day for reiterated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy ,” the website writes.
As part of the action, Trump will be locked out of his account for at least 12 hours. The report would be maintained locked beyond that, as long as the tweets are not deleted, the website adds. Beyond the current action, Twitter adds that future violations of its policies,” will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrumpaccount .”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C ., “were having” expected the objective of eliminating three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for reiterated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https :// t.co/ k6OkjNG3bM
— Twitter Safety (@ TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
The service has long contended that tweets from a prominent figure like Trump were in the public interest, in spite of breaking its stated terms of service. According to Twitter guidelines,
A critical role of our service is providing a home where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable. With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules.
The removed tweets include content that was early pennant by the service,” due to a risk of violence ,” all arriving in the wake of a violent storming of the U.S. Capitol 😛 TAGEND
The trio includes a pre-recorded video that pleaded with rioters to “go home,” before adding,” We love you; you’re very special .” Following the earlier action, Twitter told TechCrunch, “In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, DC, Twitter’s Trust& Safety teams are working to protect the public conversation happen on the service and will taken any steps on any content that violates the Twitter Rule. Let us was apparent: Menace of and calls to violence have no place on Twitter, and we will enforce our policies accordingly.”
Calls for the President’s twitter account to be deleted have intensified during today’s occurrences. It has largely assumes that Trump would be allowed to continue tweeting at least through the end of his presidency, but what unfolded at the Capitol today — and his responding tweets — appear to have caused the service to accelerate those punitive actions.
Today’s act certainly doesn’t bode well for the fate of Trump’s account after returning to civilian life. The White House is also still in control of the @Potus account, through transition periods on January 20.
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