The President of the United States has barely been seen since losing the presidential race. But although he’s almost always out of sight, he has used Twitter – which gives world leaders a special pass to spread disinformation by claiming there is “a clear public interest value to be kept. the tweet on the service ”even when false – to lie and incite division with posts that would be deleted, or the account deleted, if they came from other users.
The #DeactivateTrump hashtag spread around the world on Sunday as thousands of users, including myself, demanded that the big tech firm finally end Trump’s willful violation of the platform’s guidelines. form. There have been rumors that the company will do so after Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. But that would be a cowardly and reckless way of responding to the evil he is doing now.
Twitter, it’s time to deactivate Trump’s account. I can talk about it because I’ve been in conversations with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. As a “Twitter Voices” influencer, the company invited me and other notable black, LGBTQ and other diverse users of the app to special meetings where we offered recommendations to their senior leaders on how they can be more engaged with various online communities. For years, we’ve been asking the platform to turn him and his white supremacist supporters off. We often have the answer “we hear you” and “we are considering the matter”. But now is not the time to come to an agreement, but to do something about it.
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