Twitter Threatens Trump Ban Over "Harassment And Hateful Conduct"

Tyler Durden's picture

Since November 8th, the mainstream media and the social media giants of Silicon Valley have launched an all-out crusade against so-called "fake news" sources (of which we're apparently one).  Twitter has gone so far as to purge dozens of "alt-right" accounts and just yesterday Reddit CEO, Steve Huffman, announced that he too would ban the "most toxic" Trump supporters who had the audacity to call him names after he abused his administrative privileges to alter other people text threads.

While this is clearly a politically-motivated crusade, one would expect that the newly elected President of the United States and leader of the Republican party, a man who received 60 million votes, would be safe from persecution, right?  Well, apparently not, according to an article published by Slate:

Asked whether Twitter would ever consider banning key government officials or even the president himself, a company spokesperson responded via email: “The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.” Pressed on whether that meant that, hypothetically, Trump himself could be suspended were he to violate those policies, a spokesperson confirmed: “The Twitter Rules apply to all accounts, including verified accounts.”

All of which brings up several important questions.  Does calling Chuck Todd a moron or Barney Frank disgusting fall into the "harassment" or "hateful conduct" bucket?  Are comments such as these exempt if they can be proven to be factually accurate?  All tough questions that need to be sorted out.


Facebook, meanwhile, has adopted a more permissive, reasonable stance toward Trump and other public figures. “When we review reports of content that may violate our policies, we take context into consideration,” a Facebook spokesperson said via email. “That context can include the value of political discourse.”

Meanwhile, even Zuckerberg admits that when 60 million people vote for someone then his comments should probably be considered "mainstream political discourse."

"Our real goal is to reflect what our community wants. That kind of content, we would have thought previously that would make a lot of people feel uncomfortable, and people wouldn’t want that. But at the point where the person who’s elected president of the United States is expressing that opinion and has 60 million people who are followers, then the question is, OK, I think that that is mainstream political discourse that I think we need to be pretty careful about saying that that’s not a reasonable [inaudible]."

While we seriously doubt that Twitter would ever follow through on their threats to ban Trump's account, the mere fact that they refuse to rule it out speaks volumes about the company that once declared itself the "free speech wing of the free speech party."

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So Close's picture

Some free speach is more free than other free speech.

Jim Sampson's picture

Which is worse?



evoila's picture

Ban Trump. I'm sure the shareholders would love the leader of the free world badmouthing the company on a world stage.

roadhazard's picture

Only the headline says that... to get teh clicks. Fake headline.

The_Juggernaut's picture

I don't know anyone who uses Twitter who isn't a douchebag or a tool.

roadhazard's picture

I wouldn't know, I have never had a Twitter or Facebook account.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Twitter bans Trump because he made fun of Barney Frank's nipples?


This year just gets better and better!

FlyinHigh's picture

Hey Twitter......   ,,l,,   Fuck You ! ! !    Ban that Assholes.

fx's picture

The moment they ban him, a new Twitter-like company will be born, used by Trump to bypass the biased, dishonest mainstream media and millions of people will immediately flock to it. And TWTR will be toast. Which they will be anyway down the road as they have no viable business model. But banning Trump would certainly speed things up considerably. I do not use neither fakebook nor TWTR, so i couldn't care less when they ceased to exist.

froze25's picture

There is another service called GAB, it's pretty good.

Things that go bump's picture

I love Trump. In many ways he reminds me of Zaphod Beebelbrox. He's just this guy, you know.

BennyBoy's picture


 Calling Chuck Todd a moron or Barney Frank disgusting falls into the "Truthful" bucket.

PT's picture

Trump should just start his own "Twitter".  Call it "Trumpeter"or something.  To save on hard drive space, just use it for his broadcasts and comments of people replying.  Ummmm, have I just described a normal, every-day website?  Obviously, I haven't kept up to speed with these fine nuances.

FlyinHigh's picture

oops... should have waited another few seconds. my bad.

NoPension's picture

Bawney Fwank. A real teabagger. Now tell me a nutsack hasn't slapped his forehead.

And his boyfriend running a boy toys sex trade out of Bawney's D.C. apartment. 

CheapBastard's picture

The Chinese social network called WeChat has over 350,000 users. It already dwarfs Tweeter.

CorporateCongress's picture

Yeah i'm on the same page. Moar people should ban those fucking destroyers of humanity


Ban Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and all the other useless Snowflake social media sites. 

Starve the Beast, melt the Snowflakes.

Send Mad Dog out on search and destroy missions in DC, and Silicon Valley.  

Lost My Shorts's picture

Which one is Trump (passionate Twitter user), douchebag or tool?  Ha ha just kidding.  But seriously, being banned from Twitter would be the best possible thing that could happen to the Trumpster.  He could apply for martyrdom, and at the same time would be unable to make a fool of himself waging twitter wars with fat beauty queens or Elizabeth Warren.

roadhazard's picture

I think he should tweet. An easy way to judge his mental state.

MarsInScorpio's picture


You've been here a million years. You know how to mark your comments with a "/sarc"

C'mon, get with the program . . . er. excuse me, I meant . . . . . . . . . t . . . h . . . e . . . p. . . l . . . a . . . n.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Trump Says He Saw Muslims Celebrating On 9/11 — But He Was Wrong, It Was Israeli Mossad Agents

Trump’s claim of 9/11 celebration in New Jersey is based on arrest of 5 ‘laughing’ Israelis

Was This the 9/11 New Jersey Celebration Trump Remembered?

NotApplicable's picture

It's also based on the disinfo spread by the MSM. The dancing Israelis were reported, but no video of it was ever broadcast (I note there's no video in any of your links). What was broadcast, were dancing muslims, which was initially reported as them dancing in response to 9/11. Thing is, the video was from a muslim celebration that occurred months earlier, a fact that didn't get reported at the time.

hxc's picture

There's no video evidence but there is police testimony and there are lots of witnesses as well.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Trump single-handedly has the opportunity to give a new social media startup a huge boost by releasing exclusive content to such a platform - forcing the mainstream propaganda machine to cover it.

Rey dTutto's picture

One like, which has more than a few deplorables waiting on the Twits to fall?

AnngeloJamaica's picture

Twitter, JUST DO IT.  


Slomotrainwreck's picture

Harassment And Hateful Conduct

Dontcha think that Twitter is "being hateful" for Being hateful of their their bread and butter attendees?

froze25's picture

Yet ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood accounts are fine, female genital mutilation anyone?

detached.amusement's picture

worst I've seen of the pedo emails...

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SubjectivObject's picture

Yes, an example of clown acts doing the cause no favor.

Mercuryquicksilver's picture

We left Twitter and went to  


no censorship.

More Ammo's picture

Do it Already.  Who really give a crap about twatter anyway.

DC Beastie Boy's picture

Yeah fuck them, fake news site, anyone can post whatever they wish without any investigative journalism at all, it's another fake news site

Mango327's picture

I can hardly walk, the irony is so dense. MSM peddles fake news narratives right from the CIA for 50 years, nobody cares. Trump wins and all of a sudden they are up in arms about journalistic integrity. Fuck them all.

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insanelysane's picture

Burning US flag is protected free speech.

Burning Mexican flag in US is hate speech, jail time.

Flying Confederate flag in US is hate speech, jail time.

Flying Gadsden flag in US is hate speech in some locales and will be everywhere eventually.

Flying US flag in US is ....

WTF is hate speech???

Sofa King's picture

"Flying Gadsden flag in US is hate speech in some locales and will be everywhere eventually."

...tell that to the US Navy.

Pickleton's picture

WTF is hate speech???


Anything that makes the low info, lunatic left look at itself for what it REALLY is.