Twitter has suspended President Trump from its platform, the company said Friday evening, violation of free speech or permissible exercise of discretion?
"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter said.
"In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action."Twitter's decision followed two tweets by Trump Friday afternoon that would end up being his last.
The tweets violated the company's policy against glorification of violence, Twitter said, and "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, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks."
The first tweet was about Trump's supporters.
"The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
The second indicated Trump did not plan to attend Joe Biden's inauguration.
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."
What say you, Jackson?
1. Is this an impermissible intrusion into First-Amendment protected rights of expression?
2. Are constitutional protections inapplicable here because Twitter is a private company and not a government actor?
3. Is this a logical and necessary step toward preventing its platform from being used to commit additional offenses?