Breaking: For First Time Ever, Twitter CEO Has Directly Censored The President’s Tweet

Twitter has made the unprecedented move of censoring one of the president’s tweets claiming that it violated the site’s terms of service. Twitter users can no longer “like, retweet, or comment” on the post.

UPDATE: President Trump has responded to Twitter’s latest act of censorship

In what can only be direct retaliation for the president’s recently announced Executive Order wherein he promised to take action against tech censorship, Twitter has fired a major shot across the president’s bow by censoring one of his tweets, blocking comments on it, and disabling the ability of individuals to retweet it. Twitter has recently experimented with putting “fact-checking” bubbles under the President’s tweets, but actually cutting off users’ ability to retweet, like and comment on Trump’s tweet was previously completely unheard of.

In an address earlier today, President Trump promised to create an online environment where free speech and the diversity of ideas—the only diversity that matters—can prosper. For those interested, we put together a brief summary where you can read about the Executive Order and see a breakdown of its provisions.

Earlier today the president tweeted the following about the riots taking place in Minneapolis (and now across the country):

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

In order to access this tweet, users must go directly to Donald Trump’s Twitter profile and opt-in to view the contents.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible. Learn more.”

This step, which Twitter has haphazardly taken, is perhaps the only thing that will guarantee that the president will not let up his crusade against tech censorship. Countless members of his base have seen their accounts banned, suspended, and isolated using algorithms built around Twitter’s political bias. But, love him or hate him, President Trump will not let his own account be tampered with. It can be guaranteed now that he will take every action possible to safeguard speech online. This battle is just beginning.

The decision to lock this tweet down seems to have come directly from the top, with Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, retweeting a Twitter Comms bulletin about their decision to censor the leader of the “free” world.

Twitter’s Communications team has issued the following statement regarding their decision:

“This Tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today. We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance. As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.”

Here’s how Trump’s tweet looks after you click to access it:

Silicon oligarchs take hits following censorship scrutiny and trade war rumors

The Pain Is Far From Over

Facebook, Google, Amazon and Twitter all took hits at the stock market today and Microsoft was quick to join them during after market trading.

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Perhaps the most hurt by reaction from the market is Twitter.  At the end of August the micro-blogging platform released poor quarterly results and Twitter crashed by 25% in response.  Now, this additional bad news might force tech giants to modify their behavior whether they’d like to or not.

This market response comes just one day after a controversial meeting where high ranking executives from Facebook and Twitter were grilled on Capitol Hill. Google refused to send an executive and were left out of the conversation as a result.

Lawmakers opened the hearing with two main partisan concerns in mind. Democrat members of the committee focused on the their ever present bogeyman, Russia, and any potential foreign interference.

Their Republican counterparts were more worried about how the American people were being mistreated by tech giants that have been plagued by suspicions of bias and the conservative lawmakers brought hard evidence of unfair treatment.

Of particular concern to Republicans was the “mishandling” of suspensions under CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter.

Jeong was not only allowed to continue posting anti-white racist remarks about white people on Twitter, but executives hired by Jack Dorsey verified her.

Rep Markwayne Mullin (R-OK2) made waves just by reading the tweets of anti-white New York Times journalist Sarah Jeong.

Jeong rose to infamy when her bigoted commentary was discovered and peer journalists, the New York Times, and other prominent leftists all supported her speech.

Give it a listen:

Twitter verifies anti-white accounts while banning white conservatives that lightly criticize Islam

Jeong was not only allowed to continue posting anti-white racist remarks on Twitter, but executives hired by Jack Dorsey verified her. Verification on Twitter is seen as a badge of authority and Twitter executives have used their power to strip controversial conservatives of verification.

A perfect example of this bias can be observed in the handling of Milo Yiannopoulos‘ account.  The gay British conservative lost his verification after he dared to criticize the lead actress in a Ghostbusters reboot. What Jeong said was far worse than anything that was tweeted out by Milo.

This policy position cannot last and here’s why:

It seems that Twitter has made it a policy to reward anti-white and anti-conservative behavior while stamping out any dissident viewpoints from the conservative coalition with the heaviest of hands and harshest of penalties.

And with the reality that the internet is maturing, social media companies will be forced to recognize the impossible to ignore: they cannot continue to alienate their user-base while relying on the large growth rate of previous years.

Most of mankind has discovered social media. Its no longer a game of attracting new users but one of maintaining their numbers and attracting users on other platforms to join them.

That doesn’t mean that Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms will be put against each other in a kill-or-be-killed scenario. But it does mean that they will have to specialize significantly.

As to whether the consumer is hoping for a platform that specializes in the censorship of conservatives and biased reporting of yesteryear’s media, one need only consider the ratings of cable networks or take a quick gander at Nike’s recent blunder–people are sick of being told what to say and how to think.

So if Twitter continues to make this their modus operandi it’s safe to say that their days are quite numbered.