Permanent suspension of @real Donald Trump

Permanent suspension of @real Donald Trump

After a close review of recent Tweets from the @real Donald Trump account and the context around them- specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter –we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of future incitement of violence.

 In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on the principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

 However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.

The below is a comprehensive analysis of our policy enforcement approach in the case.

OVERVIEW 

On January 8, 2021, President Donald J.Trump Tweeted:

 “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots, who voted for me, AMERICAN FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form.

Shortly thereafter, the President Tweeted:

To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the inauguration on January 20th.”

Due to the ongoing tension in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the capitol on January 6, 2021, 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. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence policy and the user@realDondalTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.

 Assessment

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock (10434333bm) Donald Trump, Sauli Niinisto. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington Trump, Washington, USA – 02 Oct 2019

 We assessed the two Tweets referenced above under our Glorification of violence policy which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. capital on January 6, 2021. 

This determination is based on a number of factors, including:

President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets [1, 2] by his deputy chief of staff, Dan shaving, that there would be an orderly transition on January 20th.

President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the inauguration is being received by a number of this supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets [1, 2] by his Deputy Chief of staff Dan Calvino, that there would be an orderly transition on January 20th.

The second Tweet may also serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the inauguration would be a safe target, as he will not be attending.

The use of the words ‘American Patriots ‘ to describe some of the supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.

GIANT VOICE

President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times) NYTCREDIT: Doug Mills/The New York Times

 The mention of his supporters having a GIANT VOICE long into the future ‘and that They will be not disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form: is being interpreted as a further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an orderly transition and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election

Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off- Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US capitol and state capitol building on January 17, 2021.

As such our determination is that the two Tweets above are likely to inspire others to replicators the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as an encouragement to do so.     

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