The Twitter handle of Donald Trump has been a resonant pathology for announcements of policies, animosity with nemesis, declaration of direct threats and rebuilding the architecture of lies and abuse since his first executive tweet in the morning of his inauguration in 2017. However, his Twitter account has been permanently deleted on Friday following the most undemocratic impeachment in history, the siege of US Capitol by his supporters. After the siege on Wednesday, Twitter banned temporarily Trump’s account for 12 hours and deleted some of the tweets which induced the siege, the tweets which annunciated that the results of the 47th presidential elections have been fraudulent.
Trump has condemned the attack of his loyal supporters but in a range of multiple tweets also praised them. His ambiguity comes from the apprehension of destabilization of his authority. Some believe that Trump has only planned and strategized the violence, the tweets of “keeping calm” is just a masquerade. In a tweet, he stated, “the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long”.
He has announced that he will not attend his successor’s inauguration on Twitter. There is a probability of a second insurrection by the right-winged extremists on January 20 during the inauguration of Joe Biden. Trump’s tweets were further amplifying violence, so his account was suspended on Friday. “After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said in a statement. Facebook has also temporarily banned Trump’s account for two weeks till his term ends in the office. The other news media platforms have also minimized the command of his ideological discourse in fear of another attack. On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists – former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell – these accounts promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Hours after the ban of his Twitter account, Donald Trump used the official campaigning account to provide a statement,
“We will not be SILENCED!”
He said, “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…Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.”
Trump also alluded a probability of the creation of a new platform for voicing his opinions soon. But soon after these tweets, Twitter has banned the “Team Trump” account as it violated the rules of suspension. Twitter stated, “This tweet is from a suspended account”. Twitter further enunciated if any other account tries to do the same, it will be suspended. Various other platforms like YouTube and Instagram has also restricted his utility.
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