Donald Trump’s Twitter endgame

By James Clayton
North America technology reporter

Publishedduration1 hour agoshareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingRelated Topics

  • US Capitol stormed

It's hard to see that Donald Trump now has a future on Twitter.

The president says he hates Big Tech. Yet he has loved using Twitter.

He's used it as a way for more than 10 years to bypass the media and speak directly to voters.

The 280 characters fits with his style of political engagement – broad brushstrokes rather than details.

And Twitter has undoubtedly benefited from President Trump too, the place to go to hear the latest musings from the most powerful person on the planet.

That decade-long symbiosis now appears to have ended.

On Wednesday, Twitter not only locked the President's Twitter feed, but threw serious jeopardy on his long-term future on the platform.

In theory, the firm only suspended Mr Trump's account for 12 hours, saying he could use it again provided that he deleted three tweets for violations around its Civic Integrity policy.

But this was the crucial part of Twitter's statement: "Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account."

Well, Mr Trump breaks these rules all the time.

Twitter's Civic Integrity policy states that: "You may not use Twitter's services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes."

Mr Trump's tweets about made-up allegations of mass voter fraud regularly do this.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *