BREAKING: Twitter Deletes Three Trump Tweets, Locks His Account
By Tyler O'Neil Jan 06, 2021 7:39 PM ET
On Wednesday, after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and blocked Congress from counting the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden, President Donald Trump called for supporters to “go home” but repeated his insistence that he won the 2020 election in a “landslide.” Twitter responded by blocking three of Trump’s tweets and locking his account for 12 hours.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three [Donald Trump] Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter Safety announced on the platform.
“This means that the account of [Donald Trump] will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked,” the platform added. “Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the [Donald Trump] account.”
Trump is the chief executive, which means he can issue an executive order commanding
twitter to submit. Twitter will of course defy. Sets a precedent. If anyone successfully defies
a presidential XO, then lots of people will. They will crybully it.
People need to realize how dangerous a situation this is, defying Trump's executive authority.
It means Republicans need not heed Biden's authority.