[guest post by Dana]
Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The president’s account was initially banned for 12 hours on Jan. 6 due to “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” after he used the platform to tweet condemnation against Vice President Mike Pence as his supporters stormed the Capitol.
“After close 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 of violence,” the company said in a tweet…
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” Twitter said in a blog post. “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”
Twitter on Friday removed the accounts of Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and other high-profile supporters of President Donald Trump who promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory.
The permanent bans are among the highest profile that the company has instituted as part of its efforts to crack down on misinformation and calls for violence.
Flynn and Powell both met with Trump at the White House in recent weeks as part of efforts to overturn the presidential election results. They are also high-profile figures in the QAnon community, and Flynn even took an “oath” to the conspiracy theory last year.
“The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,” a Twitter spokesperson told NBC News. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content.”
When a private company opts to cut ties with individuals because they have stoked the flames of hate, incited violence by their un-American behavior and harmed the Republic as a result, and, when they have violated the rules that the private company has established, they have not been canceled. Rather, they have received their just desserts as decided by the private company. And for the record, it is not an “authoritarian act,” nor a “dystopian decision,” and it’s certainly not a “disturbingly Orwellian move” either. A private company made this decision, not a totalitarian government, people.
Trump has also been blocked “indefinitely” from posting on Facebook and Instagram, per CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Along with Trump and his peeps getting the boot, Sen. Josh Hawley was informed by publishing house Simon & Schuster that his book will no longer be published by them:
Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that it would no longer publish a planned book by Sen. Josh Hawley, one of the Republican lawmakers who led objections to Congress certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
“After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book,” the company said in a statement.
“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster added. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”
Hawley, as you can imagine, was rather unhappy with the decision, and appeared unable to see how his abhorrent behavior was the reason for the decision:
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 7, 2021
As JVW snarked in an email yesterday: Serves him right for not publishing with Regnery, like any good conservative would.