Trump Has Repeatedly Violated Twitter’s Terms of Service: Tell Jack to Ban Trump
Donald Trump has used Twitter to foment hate and violence against people of color for years. It is past time for Twitter to enforce its own policies, which the president has repeatedly violated.
The company is starting to show signs that it understands how serious this issue is: On May 27, it labeled a deceitful Trump tweet with a fact-checking link and flagged a post two days later for violating its policies against “glorifying violence.” These are steps in the right direction, but they don’t go far enough.
In the wake of police officers’ murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trump has once again weaponized the platform against Black people — tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”1 and using the racist term “thugs” to describe outraged and grieving protesters pouring into the streets to demand #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.
Twitter is still giving the president a powerful microphone that he’s using to incite violence against Black protesters. The platform has the right and the responsibility to moderate content to keep its users safe and well-informed. But it needs to take this responsibility much more seriously: As long as it’s allowing Trump’s account to remain, it’s endangering its users.
Tell Twitter to ban Donald Trump for repeated violations of its terms of service.
1. “Where Does the Phrase ‘When the Looting Starts, the Shooting Starts’ Come From?” NBC News, May 29, 2020