The international reaction to Trump’s Twitter ban, explained

The Millennial Source
4 min readJan 19, 2021

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The move by Twitter has received worldwide attention with some world leaders heavily critical of it and others supporting Twitter’s right to enforce such measures.

In a controversial move two days after the violent storming of the United States Capitol building, Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump from its platform.

The action to ban the president came after warnings from Twitter that further violations of its rules and policies would result in further penalization. On Friday, January 8, Trump posted two tweets, one of them insinuating that the people who voted for him had been disrespected and another stating that he would not be attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Immediately following these tweets, Twitter banned the account permanently, saying in a statement, “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.”

Several other companies, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit and others, have followed in Twitter’s footsteps and enacted a variety of disciplinary actions on the president’s accounts.