Citing the danger of inciting further acts of violence, January 8, Twitter suspended Story from US President Donald Trump – three days after calling his followers on Twitter to march to the United States Capitol building as Congress convened to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
“After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” Twitter said.
After careful consideration of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
– Twitter Security (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Thousands of rioters violently stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to seek safety or hide under furniture. Five people died.
The move cut Trump off from his nearly 90 million subscribers on the platform. Facebook had made a similar decision, banning him from accessing his social networking site, at least for the remainder of his term, which ends Jan. 20.
It also sparked backlash from officials and world leaders. While many welcomed the move, many – among them critics of the division head – criticized the action as being politically motivated and a violation of free speech.
Here are their reactions:
Spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Twitter’s decision to ban Trump from its platform was “problematic”, adding that freedom of opinion was “of basic importance.”
“This fundamental right can be intervened, but according to the law and within the framework defined by the legislators, not according to a decision of the management of the social media platforms,” Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin. “Seen in this light,” he said, “the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the American president are now permanently blocked.”
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lambasted the decision to ban Trump from social media sites, adding that it was a “bad sign” that private companies have the power to censor opinions.
“I don’t like anyone being censored or denied the right to post on Twitter or Facebook. I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept it, ”Lopez Obrador said at a regular press conference on Friday.
“A censorship court like the Inquisition to manage public opinion: it’s really serious,” he said.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Russian opposition figure and Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny called the move an “unacceptable act of censorship,” adding that the move, which was “based on emotions and preferences personal policies ”, could serve as a precedent. freedom of expression elsewhere.
1. I think the ban on Donald Trump on Twitter is an unacceptable act of censorship (THREAD)
– Alexey Navalny (@navalny) January 9, 2021
Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Trump ally, likened the move to political censorship in China.
Silencing people, let alone the President of the United States, is what is happening in China and not in our country. #Unbelievable
– Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 8, 2021
Virginia US Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, said the move was a “late step” in the fight against disinformation on social media.
One step late. But it’s important to remember that it’s much bigger than a single person. This is an entire ecosystem that allows disinformation and hate to spread and spread unchecked. https://t.co/wPc0AFWcgu
– Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) January 8, 2021
US Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin, a Democrat, also praised the action, thanking Twitter in a message.
– Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) January 8, 2021
Hillary Clinton, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully against Trump in the 2016 presidential election, shared a Tweet she wrote during the campaign calling on Trump to delete her account and simply added a check mark.
– Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 9, 2021
Donald Trump Jr
Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr has launched a series of tweets condemning the move. In his first tweet, he said that freedom of speech “no longer exists in America”. He has since tried to get support by asking people to search for information on the donjr.com website.
Freedom of expression is under attack! Censorship is happening like never before! Don’t let them shut us up. Subscribe to https://t.co/835Eak6Ghi to stay connected!
If I am kicked out of my social platforms, I will let you know my thoughts and my outcome. pic.twitter.com/bO7wbfWWVr
– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 9, 2021
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo Bolsonaro called Twitter “authoritarian” and tweeted: “A world where Maduro is on social media, but Trump is suspended cannot be normal.”
On Sunday, he announced that he would “permanently” use Trump’s profile picture for his own account.
(EN) After careful consideration of recent TWITTER AUTHORITY ACTS and the context around them – particularly the way they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – I WILL USE TRUMP’S PICTURE continuously due to the risk of enticement to violence.
– Eduardo Bolsonaro?? (@BolsonaroSP) January 10, 2021
Citing his Telegran channel, the Financial Times reported that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said he and Trump now have something in common, after Twitter blocked his own accounts. He called the measurement of the network an act of divine justice.
“Now I have something in common with Donald Trump: whereas before he blocked my social media accounts, now Almighty God has restored justice and, therefore, the accounts of the mutineer Donald Trump have also been blocked, ”Kadyrov reportedly wrote. .