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Twitter Files: The Removal of Trump, the final straw

Randy Mancini 5 December 12, 2022
SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 08: The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a laptop screen on January 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. Citing the risk of further incitement of violence following an attempted insurrection on Wednesday, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a laptop screen on January 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom Correspondent Sophia Flores
UPDATED 8:16 PM PT – Monday, December 12, 2022

For years, Twitter had resisted calls to have world leaders removed from Twitter. In 2019, the company aimed to “protect the public’s right to hear from their leaders to hold them to account.” However, on January 8th, 2021, that all changed.  

On the morning of January 8th, President Donald J. Trump tweeted twice. He had one strike remaining before he had enough violations to be kicked off of the social media platform.

After the events that occurred on January 6th, many Twitter employees voiced their thoughts on a Trump ban.

One employee claimed that Trump should not be banned from the platform. “I deeply understand how censorship can destroy the public conversation.” In response, the low-level employee was told “it’s important to understand that censorship by a government is very different than censorship of a government.”

7. There were dissenters inside Twitter.

“Maybe because I am from China,” said one employee on January 7, “I deeply understand how censorship can destroy the public conversation.” pic.twitter.com/LtonK0gfS3