On Friday, Twitter issued a statement regarding its decision to permanently suspend the account of US President Donald Trump, attributing this to the risk of using the account to incite more violence.
Twitter said in a statement:
After carefully reviewing the recent tweets from the “realDonaldTrump” account, the context surrounding them, and specifically how they were received and interpreted on “Twitter” and outside, we suspended the account permanently, due to the risk of further incitement to violence.
“In the context of the horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of Twitter’s rules could potentially lead to this very action.”
The company has a public interest framework to enable the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders, and the site is based on the principle that people have the right to hold power to account in public.
However, we made it clear for years that these accounts are not completely above our rules, and they cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things, and we will continue to be transparent about our policies and their implementation. “
Twitter published a comprehensive analysis of the approach to implementing the policy in this case, giving an overview of its policy:
On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. TRUMP: “The 75,000,000 great patriotic Americans who voted for me, America first, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a great voice, for a long time to come, and they will not be disdained, or treated unfairly in any way !!! “
Shortly thereafter, the President said, “To all those who have asked for it, I will not go to the inauguration on January 20th.”
Given the ongoing tensions in the United States, and the slight rise in global conversation regarding the people who stormed the Capitol with violence on January 6, 2021, these two tweets should be read in the context of the broader events in the country, and the ways in which the president’s statements can be absorbed by different audiences, including In that incitement to violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks, and after evaluating the language used in these tweets, against our glorification of violence policy, we decided that these tweets violate the glorification of violence policy, and the user of “realDonaldTrump” should be suspended immediately and permanently Out of service.
Regarding the site’s assessment of the impact of these tweets, and its evaluation of them, the statement said:
“We evaluated the two above-mentioned tweets within the framework of the incitement to violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to repeat acts of violence, and we decided that they are very likely to encourage and inspire people to repeat the criminal acts that occurred in the US Capitol building in January 6, 2021.
This determination is based on a number of factors, including:
Some supporters of President Trump interpreted his statement that he would not attend the inauguration ceremony of the elected Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, as an additional confirmation that the elections were not legitimate, and viewed him as disavowing his previous claim through two tweets (1 and 2), by his deputy, where Chief of Staff Dan Scavino said there will be an “orderly transition” on January 20.
The second tweet may also be an encouragement to those who are likely to be contemplating violence, that the inauguration will be “safe”, because he will not attend.
The use of the phrase “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters is also interpreted as support for those who commit violence on the US Capitol.
It should be noted that he said that his supporters have a “great voice in the future” and that “they will not be disdained or unfairly treated in any way !!!” It is interpreted as a further indication that President Trump is not planning to facilitate an “orderly transition,” and instead plans to continue to support, empower, and protect those who believe he won the election.
Plans of future armed protests have already begun to spread on and outside Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the Capitol and US Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.
As such, it is our decision that the two above-mentioned tweets are likely to inspire others to repeat the violence that occurred on January 6, 2021, and there are multiple indications that they are received and understood as an encouragement to do so. “