In response to President Trump, Twitter instituted its policy of refusing to ban politicians, but the leader won’t enjoy that security once he’s out of office. The social media giant has reported to Engadget and The Verge that once President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in at noon on January 20th, 2021, Trump will lose “public interest” protection on his personal account.
Twitter should ban Trump when the transition takes place or else clamp down on him like any regular person.
“In a statement to Engadget, Twitter said,” This [public interest] policy system extends to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions.
As they are moved to the Biden administration, official accounts (such as @POTUS, @FLOTUS and @WhiteHouse) will still receive protection.
When tweeting known false or incendiary claims, Twitter has taken a variety of measures to restrict Trump’s impact, such as adding fact check labels and hiding tweets that incite abuse.
On November 6th alone, as Trump made unsupported allegations of voter fraud, the company hid four messages.
Twitter, however, has also faced allegations of using the statement of public interest to escape retaliation from Trump and his political allies.
Shortly after Twitter used its first fact check sticker, Trump signed an order potentially restricting rights for social media platforms. The company certainly won’t have to worry about answers like those under Biden.
A move like this was widely anticipated, but a possible conflict was also set up. On Twitter, Trump has a wide following, and to express his views, he relies heavily on the social media platform.
If Twitter blocks him, there may be an outcry, even if his tweets are no longer a matter of public record.