The president was permanently barred from Twitter on Friday, with Twitter saying: ‘We have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.’
On Thursday Project Veritas, which seeks to expose bias in media, published a clip which they said was given to them by a Twitter whistleblower.
Jack Dorsey, pictured in October testifying before Congress, held a virtual town hall this week
Twitter did not dispute the veracity of the clip, but said it was essentially the same content as Dorsey publicly tweeted on Wednesday.
‘We know we are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration,’ Dorsey said.
‘So, the focus is certainly on this account and how it ties to real-world violence.
‘But also, we need to think much longer-term around how these dynamics play out over time. I don’t believe this is going away anytime soon.’
Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday
Dorsey told staff that Twitter will do a ‘full retro’ that will ‘take some time,’ and gave QAnon accounts as an example of those which were being shut down.
Hours before Trump was barred from Twitter, accounts belonging to three of the most high-profile QAnon promoters – attorney Sidney Powell, her client and former NSA Mike Flynn, and 8kun founder Ron Watkins – were shut down.
Dorsey’s decision to shut down Trump, the most high-profile account blocked to date by far, caught everyone’s attention.
‘You know, the U.S. is extremely divided. Our platform is showing that every single day,’ Dorsey said.
‘And our role is to protect the integrity of that conversation and do what we can to make sure that no one is being harmed based off that. And that is our focus.’
Trump, pictured on January 6, shortly before his incendiary remarks drove the mob to the Capitol. He was banned permanently from Twitter January 8, for what they saw as incitement
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On Wednesday, Dorsey defended Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend Trump’s account, saying that it was the ‘right decision.’
He did, however, say that he knew it was a fine line, and he did not want to ‘limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning.’