According to foreign media TechCrunch, after Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol last week, Trump has been completely banned from using Twitter and other social media platforms.Then he successfully sent a tweet through the official Twitter account of the White House in the form of a video speech, which included “The Capitol Disaster” and so on.
In the video, Trump called on his supporters to ban violence, calling it non-American. He said: “It is impossible for any of my true supporters to recognize political violence.” A few days ago, he called the rioters “great patriots” and told them: “We love you, you are special.”
When talking about the Twitter ban, Trump said: “I also want to say a few words about the unprecedented attacks on freedom of speech that we have seen in recent days.” Although these bans and other actions are due to documented violations of the platform Rules of behavior. “Efforts to review, cancel and blacklist our compatriots are wrong, they are dangerous. What is needed now is for us to listen to each other, not to silence each other.”
After his @realdonaldtrump account was banned by Twitter, Trump tried to circumvent the ban by using different Twitter accounts, and Twitter also suspended the use of these accounts in turn.
Twitter told TechCrunch:
This tweet did not violate Twitter rules. As we have clearly stated before, other official government accounts, including @白宫, can tweet as long as they do not clearly circumvent the ban or share other content that violates Twitter’s rules.
In other words, although Trump’s personal account has been banned, Trump, as the President of the United States, may still have a certain right to use Twitter as a way to communicate important affairs of the American people during the remaining week of his term.
At the same time, almost at the same time Trump tweeted, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also tweeted 13 consecutive tweets to express his views on the situation.
I think this is the right decision of Twitter. We are faced with an extraordinary and unsustainable situation that forces us to focus all our actions on public safety. Offline harm caused by online speech is obvious and real, and it is also the primary motivation for our policies and law enforcement.
Nevertheless, banning an account has had a real and significant impact. Although there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel that silence is ultimately our failure to promote healthy dialogue. It is also a time for us to reflect on our operations and surrounding environment.