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Twitter woke up “Interpretation of violence”

Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump

ByTwitter Inc.Friday, January 8, 2021   

After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – particularly the way they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence. .

In the context of the horrific events of this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that further violations of Twitter’s rules would potentially result in this course of action. Ourpublic interest frameworkexists to allow the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders. It is based on the principle that the people have the right to hold power to account.

However, we have made it clear for years that these accounts are not entirely above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent about our policies and their application.

Here is a full analysis of our approach to applying the policy in this case.

Overview

On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:

“The 75 million great American patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and Make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a giant voice in the future. They will not be looked down upon or treated unfairly in any way, form or form !!! “

Shortly after, the president tweeted:

“To everyone who has asked, I will not be going to the inauguration on January 20.”

Due to continuing tensions in the United States and the resumption of the global conversation regarding the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets should be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior of this narrative in recent weeks. After evaluating the language of these Tweets against ourGlorification of violencepolicy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence policy and that user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately suspended from service.

Evaluation

We evaluated the two Tweets mentioned above as part of ourPolitics of glorification of violence, which aims to prevent glorification of violence that might inspire others to reproduce violent acts and determined that they were very likely to encourage and inspire people to reproduce the criminal acts that took place in U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

This determination is based on a number of factors, including:

  • President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the inauguration is received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as a rejection of his previous claim made via two tweets (1,2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20.
  • The second Tweet can also serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering acts of violence that the inauguration would be a “safe” target because it will not be present.
  • The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of its supporters is also interpreted as support for those who commit acts of violence on the United States Capitol.
  • The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long in the future” and that “They will not be looked down upon or treated unfairly in any way !!!” is interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” but rather that he plans to continue to support, empower and protect those who believe they have won the election.
  • Plans for future armed protests have already started to proliferate on and off Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and State Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.

As such, our determination is that the two Tweets above are likely to inspire others to replicate the acts of violence that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are many indicators that indicate that they are received and understood as an encouragement to do so.


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