Twitter faces more calls to suspend Donald Trump’s account

As President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets continue to make more headlines this week, calls for Twitter suspend Trump’s account have intensified.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted an unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Then on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that people who burn American flags should face jail time or a loss of citizenship. The Supreme Court held in Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman that flag burning is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.

An online petition asking that Twitter temporarily suspend Trump’s account now has more than 21,100 signatures.

“By locking or suspending Donald Trump’s account, Twitter can send a powerful message that hate is not accepted or condoned on their platform,” wrote Shirley Burns, the author of the petition posted on Care2, a social network for activists.

The petition was updated on Tuesday, and mentions Trump’s voter-fraud and flag-burning tweets as examples of how the president-elect is promoting fake news. It also argues that Trump’s previous remarks about Mexican immigrants violates Twitter’s policy on hateful conduct.

Sonny Bunch, executive editor of the conservative Washington Free Beacon, wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post Tuesday that it’s time to ban Trump from Twitter. Bunch argues that Twitter should ban Trump from the site for the sanity of the press corps and the president-elect’s own good.

Political journalists and editors are also grappling with how to cover Trump’s tweets and some readers say the media should simply ignore his 140-character thoughts, The New York Times reported.

As I wrote yesterday, Twitter hasn’t publicly weighed in on whether Trump’s tweets violated the company’s rules for online conduct. “We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons,” Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler said in an e-mail. He did note, though, that the company’s rules apply to all Twitter accounts.

Twitter, which is under more pressure to address online abuse, has cut the cord with other well-known users. In July, the San Francisco tech firm barred conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos from its site after he was accused of leading an online hate campaign against actress Leslie Jones. It also suspended accounts associated with white supremacists earlier this month.

Photo: Donald Trump. (Seth Wenig/AP)


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  • disqus_FFezXv9kmO

    I can’t wait for Trump to create a Dept of Social Media that forces these organizations to file for a license to use the public IT network controlled by the FCC. Twitter must then force people to pay for a membership to use Twitter, Facebook, etc,, just like using DISH, Directv or a cell phone. Stop this crap in its tracks. The FCC can close down Twitter.

  • disqus_FFezXv9kmO

    This story reminds me why I hate liberals. Bunch of whining snowflakes. This story reminds me of liberals,,,

    • entertainedbyidiots

      here’s a vote up, because your comments are simply laughable, i also feel sorry for you. maybe that vote up will help you feel like your life isn’t so miserable ha ha. then again, maybe you’re not miserable, since ignorance is bliss.

  • obamagonian

    The liberalcommunist fools want all Trump words to go through the liberal media filter before raching your ears.

  • Jess Majeran

    Nonono. Let him keep his Twitter account. It’s quite amusing to see him dig a hole.

  • Irene Santangelo

    I think Donald Trump Should Have his children buy Twitter then he can say what he wants. They want sell it why not buy it. There is nothing wrong with freedom of speech whether on Facebook or Twitter. Read all the Yahoo comments and there you will see real hateful things so why suspend Trump for saying there was voter fraud when we all know there was. Even the dead voted.

  • john scales

    The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), or simply “the Klan”, is the name of three distinct past and present movements in the United States that have advocated extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, and, especially in later iterations, Nordicism,[7][8] anti-Catholicism,[9][10] and antisemitism,[10] historically expressed through terrorism aimed at groups or individuals whom they opposed.[11] All three movements have called for the “purification” of American society, and all are considered right wing extremist organizations.[12][13][14][15]

  • M S i N Lund

    Also, please burn all drives that has come in contact with the data.

  • 4hmnrghts

    I’m torn between wanting them to block his tweets or leaving them up so the world can continue to see what a hateful, racist, sexist, asshole he is.