Twitter may suspend Donald Trump after his Election Loss
There’s no love lost between Donald Trump and Twitter. Recently, the social media website has been fact-checking many of the American President’s tweets. As a result, Trump is often furious towards the social media giants. However, Twitter has given him a lot of “special” treatment. And that may soon end as soon as Joe Biden is sworn in as President on his inauguration.
The President of the United States and Twitter
If an ordinary account violates one of Twitter’s rules, their tweets get deleted. Moreover, if the offense is a bit more severe, like threatening violence, then their accounts may even be suspended, or permanently banned. But, that’s not how Twitter treats World leaders. Their tweets usually get flagged with a warning link instead of deleting them altogether. This is based on their policy that people need to hear what their elected officials or heads of state have to say, even if it is controversial or misinformation. And Donald Trump gets the same protection.
However, former World leaders are not entitled to the same treatment. And that is exactly what Donald Trump is set to become after Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th. If they violate any of Twitter’s community guidelines, they’re dealt with in the same way as any other ordinary Twitter user is, like hate speech, a glorification of violence, or false information, like dangerous health-related misinformation. That includes Barrack Obama as well, ever since he left the White House. And it’ll be the case with Trump too, as Twitter has confirmed to Bloomberg.
With Joe Biden’s confirmation as President, Trump’s days in the White House are numbered, whether he likes it or not. And ever since, he’s been violating a lot of Twitter rules. The website has banned numerous of his tweets, more than many can count. But, now that he’ll be an ordinary user, he can only get a limited number of “strikes” before Twitter either temporarily restricts his account or suspends him.
Twitter confirms they’ll treat Donald Trump differently once he’s out of office
As President, users could still view his tweets. But, Twitter either flagged the problematic ones or restricted interaction with them. In the case of the latter, you can still view his tweets, but can’t retweet it without a quote or like it at all. At most, their repeated strikes, like promoting terrorism or violence, could get their tweets removed. That’s what happened to Mahathir Mohammad, who tweeted that:
Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.
But, World leaders don’t get a strike for a flagged tweet. Here’s what a Twitter spokesperson told Bloomberg:
A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable. With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules.
There’s no doubt that Donald Trump will go down in history as the most famous Twitter user of all time. He pushed every boundary of free speech on the platform and attacked Twitter multiple times for just fact-checking him. But by May, Twitter had had enough. That was when Twitter finally used it’s then dormant “public interest interstitial” on Trump. Trump tweeted:
.@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
So, with Biden set to step into the Oval Office on January 20th, Donald Trump will be out in the wilderness of being a regular Twitter user. And if he then tries to use his current antics, then Twitter will not go out of their way to protect him.