Big Tech is rapidly becoming the arbiter of speech on the internet, as evidenced in recent undercover videos from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. Reportedly, 70,000 accounts have been purged from Twitter alone since the Capitol Hill protest on Jan. 6. The vast majority of those accounts are, by Twitter’s own admission, associated with QANON types of accounts—which are accounts that may typically espouse a more conservative perspective. Many of the permanently banned accounts, however, including the one referenced by Editor-in-Chief for UncoverDC, Tracy Beanz, had nothing to do with QANON and were permanently suspended without notice. Several high-profile accounts that were also banned without notice or recourse were those owned by lawyer Sidney Powell and General Michael Flynn, among others.
Twitter announced the permanent suspension of the President’s account on Jan. 8, “in the context of horrific events” at the Capitol. An excerpt of their statement is below:
“Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”
A series of Tweets posted by Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, rationalizes his decision to permanently ban the President’s account:
I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter,