- President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., complained about his father’s ban on Twitter, urging his followers to sign up for his bombings by email in case Twitter also banned him.
- “Is big technology capable of censoring the president?” He wrote. “Free speech is dead and controlled by left-wing rulers.”
- For most of his presidency, Twitter allowed Trump to remain on the platform due to the timeliness of his posts, but he was banned Friday after his followers’ deadly attack on the Capitol on Wednesday.
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Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, took to Twitter on Saturday to expose his father̵
“The world is laughing at America and Mao, Lenin and Stalin are smiling,” Trump Jr. said in a tweet. “Great technology is able to censor the president? Free speech is dead and controlled by left-wing rulers.”
His comments on Saturday reflected those he made on Friday, in which he said that freedom of speech “no longer exists in America. It died with great technology and what remains is only for the elect.”
Twitter said Friday night that the president, who used Twitter as his primary means of communicating with Americans during his administration, has been permanently banned from writing on Twitter. The ban followed Wednesday’s deadly uprising in the US Capitol, where supporters of the president stormed the building as lawmakers gathered to discuss voting for the Electoral College.
Before the January 6 uprising, Trump encouraged his Twitter followers to come to Washington, D.C., as part of the Stop Theft movement, which unreasonably claims that Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden was the result of widespread voter fraud. . There is no evidence of widespread election fraud, and Trump and his allies have been unable to substantiate the claim in the months since he refused to admit his loss.
“After a careful review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said in a statement on Friday night.
Despite claims by the president’s allies, his bans on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter do not violate the First Amendment or any other U.S. law, as Insider noted earlier.
While the rebels remained at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Trump posted a video on Twitter in which he reiterated his baseless allegation of election fraud and told the rebels, “Go home. We love you; you are very special.”
—Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 9, 2021
Initially, Twitter suspended the president’s account for 12 hours, but warned that it could take further action if he continued to violate his civil integrity policies and make violent threats.
Republicans have long complained of censorship by technology and social media executives, whose companies have taken stronger action in recent months against misinformation and misinformation on their platforms. For most of 2020, for example, the president’s tweets often contain a disclaimer that the content of his posts has been challenged by reputable sources.
Republicans, including Trump, have called for the repeal of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which gives technology companies the ability to decide how to moderate content and shield them from liability for their users’ posts.
GOP lawmakers say the law leads to censorship of technology companies by conservatives. Democrats have also challenged the law, as Insider previously reported, as it believes it provides technology giants such as Google, Twitter and Facebook with too much protection from content hosted on their platforms.
Trump Jr. on Saturday also encouraged his followers to sign up for his bombings by email so they can follow where he finds himself if Twitter bans him and for violating his policies.
Following this week’s uprising in the Capitol, more and more Conservatives have announced they are jumping to Parler, a platform that has been called Twitter’s right-wing alternative, either protesting the president’s ban or fearing it will also be banned from the social network. Gab, a platform with similar right-wing links, also tried to court users outraged by Twitter’s decision to remove the president.
Shortly after Twitter banned the president, he posted on the platform using the @POTUS account, which will be transferred to Biden when he takes office, but Twitter almost immediately removed the posts. He also banned an account linked to his 2020 presidential campaign.