After storming the Capitol
Twitter blocks Trump permanently – he threatens to build his own platform
Twitter has announced the permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account. But the US president does not want to be silenced by the Twitter lock – and threatens to have his own platform.
After his most important Twitter account was permanently blocked, the elected US President Donald Trump raised serious allegations against the short message service. Trump said on Friday evening (local time): “Twitter employees have colluded with the Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from their platform in order to silence me – and you, the 75 million great patriots who have me have chosen.” He did not provide any evidence to support his allegation. In the November 3rd election, the Republican got 74.2 million votes, while the victorious Democrat Joe Biden got 81.3 million.
“We will not be silenced,” said Trump’s statement, which he had spread through journalists in the White House. Trump announced that they were negotiating with several other websites and that they were also considering building their own platform in the near future. “Twitter is not about free speech. They just want to promote a left-wing platform where some of the most vicious people in the world can speak freely.”
“Incitement to violence” as the reason for the ban
Twitter named the reason for the permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account “the risk of further incitement to violence”. Critics accuse Trump of inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol at a rally on Wednesday. Five people were killed in the riot. Twitter cited two tweets from the President on Friday to justify the new ban, which in combination from the company’s point of view violated the directive on the prohibition of the glorification of violence.
The short message service also said plans for future armed protests were already being circulated on Twitter and elsewhere. Among other things, there is talk of a proposed further attack on the Capitol on January 17th.
There was also criticism of the lock from Trump’s environment. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter: “Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t. That says a lot about the people who run Twitter.” Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. wrote: “Freedom of speech no longer exists in America. It died with the big tech companies, and what’s left is only for a select few. This is utter madness!”