President Donald Trump has suggested he could set up his own social media site following his personal account’s permanent suspension from Twitter on Friday.
Trump sent a series of tweets from the official @POTUS account in an attempt to circumvent his ban, accusing the company of stifling free speech. But Twitter soon deleted the posts, which were captured in screenshots.
“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” Trump wrote.”
The president won 74,223,744 votes in the 2020 presidential election, while President-elect Joe Biden won 81,283,485.
“Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long,” Trump went on.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has been a bugbear from Trump and other conservatives for some time.
It states: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” This offers legal protection for sites like Twitter and Facebook for what third parties post.
“I predicted this would happen,” Trump said. “We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future.”
“We will not be SILENCED! Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely.”
“STAY TUNED!” Trump concluded. The tweets were deleted shortly after they were posted in accordance with Twitter’s policy about evading a ban.
The official presidential account will be handed over to incoming Biden administration on January 20.
“As stated in our ban evasion policy, if it is clear that another account is being used for the purposes of evading a ban, it is also subject to suspension,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill newspaper on Friday.
“For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not suspend those accounts but will take action to limit their use.”
Several prominent supporters of the president have been suspended from Twitter in the past week, with many moving to Parler, an alternative site popular with conservatives.
However, Trump has given no indication that he will join Parler and the site is facing pressure from Google and Apple to introduce a content moderation policy if it wants continued access to their download stores.