Twitter pulls the plug on The Donald and other things crumble too

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Trump's Twitter Account was@realDonaldTrump

The rise of Donald Trump’s political career and his presidency has included his Twitter account, which he’s used to fight trade wars, spread conspiracy theories, attack the media, and cheer on the stock market.

Trump’s Twitter account is gone. The company announced it was permanently suspending @realDonaldTrump “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Twitter mentioned that "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 buildings on January 17, 2021."

So, Trump switched over to @POTUS account to post a statement railing against Twitter and Section 230, legislation that grants social media companies immunity from content their users post.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

Twitter removed the tweets soon after they were posted.

  • Facebook/Instagram banned Trump’s account for at least two weeks.
  • Snapchat disabled his account, and
  • Twitch did the same. 

Google pulled the free speech-focused social media app Parler from the Google Play store, saying that posting on the app “seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.” Apple may soon follow up with a similar ban. 

Final tweet from @realDonaldTrump 

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

About the author 

Mark Rauterkus

Webmaster and long-time open-source advocate. Also a swim, water polo and SKWIM coach in Pittsburgh.

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