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Twitter deletes new Trump tweets on @POTUS, suspends campaign account

PoliticsJan 08, 2021 10:20PM ET
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© Reuters. A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on a smartphone at the White House briefing room in Washington

WASHINGTON/PALO ALTO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) on Friday deleted new tweets posted by U.S. President Donald Trump on official government account @POTUS and suspended the account of his presidential campaign, after booting his personal account off the platform permanently.

Trump tweeted "We will not be SILENCED!" from the @POTUS government account, with 33.4 million followers. Twitter had permanently suspended the president's go-to megaphone, his @realDonaldTrump personal account, hours earlier.

The company said accounts used by Trump to try to get around the ban could face permanent suspension as well under its "ban evasion" policies.

"Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH," Trump wrote in the now-deleted tweets, adding that he is considering building his own social media platform in the near future.

Twitter shut down his @TeamTrump campaign account shortly after it sent out a tweet with a "statement from President Trump" accusing Twitter of "banning free speech" and coordinating with "the Democrats and the Radical Left" to silence him.

The account shortly before that had pointed its 2.3 million followers to its account on Parler, which is popular with conservatives for its hands-off approach to content moderation.

Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's Google suspended Parler on Friday, citing posts inciting violence, while Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) gave the service 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan.

Twitter deletes new Trump tweets on @POTUS, suspends campaign account
 

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Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Jan 09, 2021 4:43PM ET
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You can see how Trump is digging his and America's grave. There's No future for an ununified America. Who is Trump working for? -- Every minute of such DIVIDE ET VINCERE puts America behind the curve.
Keith Whellans
Keith Whellans Jan 09, 2021 4:43PM ET
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Chris S. - You're right, but I reckon the phrase ' Divide et Vincere' will be totally meaningless to supporters of the great orange ring-piece. Probably need to draw them some kind of picture & explain to them that they've been conquered by their own Great Leader.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jan 09, 2021 3:14PM ET
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Twitter/FB communists
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Jan 09, 2021 3:14PM ET
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oh shut it....hope theres an fbi knock on your door soon
maro turk
maro turk Jan 09, 2021 9:16AM ET
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Finally; it took them long time to do it
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jan 09, 2021 5:52AM ET
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The USA should take a good look at so called news outlets that creat and alternative reality, deny facts, to create a dangerous narrative that destabilizes the USA. There should be a law for this. If media outlets don’t check the facts of the news they put out, they should be fined. This should happen all over the world if you ask me.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jan 09, 2021 5:52AM ET
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And by the way, there is nothing social about social media if it all goes onchecked Glad there are finally some changes here
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jan 09, 2021 5:47AM ET
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Mister Trump there is a difference between spewing poisonous nonsence and free speech. This should have happened 5 years ago.
Marco cuevas
Marco cuevas Jan 09, 2021 5:23AM ET
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It's like crack to Trump he's lost his candy it's a sickness....it's sickening to watch.
Dionte Edwards
Dionte Edwards Jan 09, 2021 5:12AM ET
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Amen
TOP NOTCH
TOPNOTCH Jan 09, 2021 3:11AM ET
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hehehe... brainwash at it's finest... US is going to chit, quite a shame...
Rodolfo Barraco
Rodolfo Barraco Jan 09, 2021 12:57AM ET
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If they can censor US president they can censor everyone. Most dangerous development of the century
Rodolfo Barraco
Rodolfo Barraco Jan 09, 2021 12:53AM ET
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Now google and apple determine other platforms policy?! Monopoly and sensorship? When USA became URSS? Sad day for democracy. RIP USA
Anna Kaliszewska
Anna Kaliszewska Jan 08, 2021 11:11PM ET
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New totalitarism, where is freedom to speech?
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 08, 2021 11:11PM ET
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Freedom of Speech didn't go anywhere. It's not the government blocking Trump, it's an independent corporation basically removing an unwanted disruptive guest from their property. Just like a bouncer will remove you from the bar when you become too obnoxious and break the rules.
Sam Donald
Sam Donald Jan 08, 2021 10:58PM ET
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1st amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." It doesn't protect you from private companies for your info
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 08, 2021 10:58PM ET
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Sam, you are correct, and this one of the biggest things that snowflake Trumpets get so wrong. The 1st Ammendment is about what government cannot do to the people, not about what corporations or individuals cannot do.
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Jan 08, 2021 10:56PM ET
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Twitter is a private company. They reserve the right to reject service to anyone. Try shouting profanity inside Walmart, see if they don't call the cops to remove you.
Diego Quintas
Diego Quintas Jan 08, 2021 10:53PM ET
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incredible! Trump is fainting for the peoples... they shoit shout down Twitter and put them.in prison
Stella Stella
Stella Stella Jan 08, 2021 9:49PM ET
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He is a conman, liar, egomaniac, evil, vicious, dictador wannabe, disgraceful, an embarrassment.
Kenneth nelson
grasshopper Jan 08, 2021 9:06PM ET
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Twitter needs to be gone next week
 
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