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'Banning free speech': President Trump pushes back on Twitter ban

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/9/2021 Mike Brest
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President Trump condemned Twitter shortly after the social media platform banned him permanently.

"As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me," the president said in a message on Friday night from his presidential Twitter account. "Twitter may be a private company, but without the government's gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long."

Trump apparently circumvented Twitter's ban of his personal account, posting the message briefly from his @POTUS handle before the tweet disappeared. His message was then released in an official statement. It is unclear whether Trump himself deleted the @POTUS tweet or Twitter removed it.

The social media platform issued a review of two of the president’s tweets Friday, which it determined violated its Glorification of Violence policy. Twitter determined that the two tweets could be viewed as an incitement of violence, encouraging his supporters to mobilize.

"I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!" the president added. "Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely. STAY TUNED!"

Tags: News, Twitter, Donald Trump twitter, Donald Trump, Social Media

Original Author: Mike Brest

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