We recently shared here on the blog the news that different social networks had made the decision to temporarily suspend the accounts of the current president of the united states "Donald Trump" and among which is Twitter.
And it is not the first time that Twitter does something like this, Since in recent months, Twitter has gradually intervened on Donald Trump's account, first placing labels to qualify his accusations, sometimes masking some of his messages by default.
After the events of January 6, when rioters stormed the United States Capitol, encouraged by Donald Trump's comments, Twitter went one step further by blocking the account of Donald Trump for 12 hours.
This time, Twitter has decided to permanently suspend the account of Donald Trump. In a post, the social network indicates:
“After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them, in particular how they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence. .
“In the context of this week's horrific events, we made it clear Wednesday that further violations of Twitter's rules would potentially result in this course of action. Our public interest framework exists to allow the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders. It is based on the principle that people have the right to hold power to account.
“However, we made it clear years ago that these accounts are not entirely above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent about our policies and their application. "
On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:
“The 75.000.000 Great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST and Make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a giant voice that will resonate in the future. They will not be looked down upon or treated unfairly in any way. " Shortly after, the president tweeted: “To everyone who has asked, I will not be going to the inauguration on January 20. «
Due to the tensions ongoing in the United States and the resumption of the global conversation about the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Twitter felt these two Tweets should be read in the context of the events. broader in the country and take into account that the president's statements can be used to mobilize different audiences, even to incite violence "as has been the case in recent weeks."
«After evaluating the language of these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets violate the Glorification of Violence Policy and that the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately suspended Permanent Service «.
How did Twitter come to this conclusion? The social network explains:
“We have evaluated the two Tweets mentioned above as part of our glorification of violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to reproduce acts of violence. and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place in the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“This determination is based on several factors, including:
President Trump's declaration that he will not attend the inauguration is received by several of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as a rejection of his previous claim made through two tweets of his Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino that there would be an "orderly transition" on January 20.
The second Tweet can also serve as an encouragement for those who potentially believe that acts of violence in the opening would be "safe" as long as Donald Trump is not present.
The use of the words "American patriots" to describe some of his supporters is also interpreted as support for those who commit acts of violence on the United States Capitol.
The mention of that his followers have a «giant voice that will resonate in the future"And" that they will not be looked down upon or treated unfairly in any way! " It is interpreted as yet another indication that President Trump has no plans to facilitate an "orderly transition." Instead, he plans to continue supporting, empowering and protecting those who believe he won the election.
Plans for future armed protests have already begun to proliferate on and off Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol buildings and the State Capitol on January 17, 2021.