- “When you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform.”
- Even if Trump were to run again and win, he would still be banned from Twitter.
- Even though Facebook still maintains the ban against Donald Trump, it has not ruled on how long the block will remain in effect.
Twitter has confirmed its ban on former President Donald Trump will be permanent and will not be revoked, even if he runs for President again. The motive, according to the social media company, is bar him from using the platform for incitement to fan violence. Twitter’s finance director, Ned Segal, confirmed this in an interview with CNBC Wednesday morning.
“When you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” Mr. Segal said. “Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence,” he added.
“He was removed when he was president and there’d be no difference for anybody who’s a public official once they’ve been removed from the service.”
Mr. Segal also dismissed claims that many Twitter users fled to other social media platforms in protest of President Trump’s removal. “We added 40 million people to our DAU [daily active user count] last year, and 5 million last quarter,” Segal said.
“In January, we added more DAU than the average of the last four Januarys, so hopefully that gives people a sense for the momentum we’ve got from all the hard work we’ve done on the service.”
So rigid is the blockade in that even in a case in which Donald Trump runs for a new election and happens to win, it would still remain in force. Mr. Segal rules that any public official who has been expelled in the same way that Twitter expelled President Trump will not be allowed back to the platform.
Twitter was the first social network to retaliate against Donald Trump after the riots in front of the United States Capitol on January 6 of this year. It started as a 12-hour temporary suspension after President Trump encouraged the assailants to take to the streets of Washington, leading to the now permanent ban.
In addition, all multimedia content that, according to Twitter, reflected Trump’s inciting violence was deleted.
Twitter believes that with President Trump, there is a risk of incitement to violence, and this is a red line for the social network.
In fact, while it’s true that virtually all tech companies suspended or blocked President Trump’s accounts after the Capitol events, Twitter has been the toughest one on the ex-US president.
Even though Facebook still maintains the ban against Donald Trump, it has not ruled on how long the block will remain in effect. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, already made an announcement to the effect that the ban was “indefinite,” but that it did not mean the same as “permanently.”
It will be the Facebook oversight board that decides what to do with Donald Trump’s account. At the present moment, Mr. Zuckerberg has been avoiding commenting on the issue until the said board is pronounced, so the future of the former president on social networks is still uncertain.