As a crowd of right-wing extremists occupied the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, President Trump posted a short video message to his staunch supporters on social media: “We had an election stolen from us,” he said. he said, repeating a lie he promoted for months. “Go home. We love you; you are very special,” he said. “I know how you feel, but go home and come home in peace.”
Initially, Twitter only put limits on the video, but then deleted the tweet altogether, along with a subsequent post that seemed to justify the actions of the crowd because they are “great patriots who have been wrong and unfairly. treated for so long ”. Twitter too ad that the president’s account would remain locked for at least 12 hours.
The decision to remove the video brought Twitter online with Facebook and Youtube, who had both chosen earlier today to remove it for breaking their rules. Shortly before the announcement of Twitter’s decision, “Delete your account” became a hot topic on the platform.
Guy Rosen, Vice President of Integrity of Facebook, published publicly that his company’s decision was taken in the context of an “emergency,” adding that “we are taking appropriate emergency measures. We removed it because, overall, we believe it helps rather than reduces the risk of continued violence. He later followed with a official statement, explaining that the platform is actively removing all content to “praise and support the storming of the U.S. Capitol,” and step up emergency measures to stem the creation and reach of publications that could violate its community policies.
“It is clear that that is enough”
Twitter’s latest move limits the president’s ability to tweet until he officially deletes three tweets the company deems dangerous. It is an escalation of his operation conflict with the president throughout 2020 as he aired conspiracy theories on election and covid-19.
But the decision does not completely suspend the president’s account, nor does it permanently block him from the platform. As a world leader, Trump has benefited from policies that provide exceptions to normal enforcement actions because of the inherent journalistic value of his messages or the public interest in them. But experts – including current and former Twitter insiders – say the events on Capitol Hill should be more than enough to demonstrate why individual labels and withdrawals no longer go far enough.
Laura Gómez, a former Twitter employee who Many times called for CEO Jack Dorsey to suspend Trump’s account (and who recently warned that the president was attempting a coup using the site), says that simply removing the video is “like putting a bandage on an arm that was ripped off.”
Meanwhile, Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Virginia who has advised Twitter on addressing hate speech and harassment since 2009, publicly urged Twitter to ban Trump from the platform permanently.