Trump and Twitter are in conflict. Last week, relations between the US President and the social media platform boiled. Twitter on Friday hid a tweet from Trump that "glorifies violence," in turn threatening to shut down the platform. What preceded this?
The two have had a special relationship for years. Despite Trump's threats, Twitter is his way of reaching the world unfiltered. Complete press conferences, conspiracy theories and insults are contained in reports of up to 280 characters, leading to criticism from the President. But it also questions the responsibility of Twitter as a platform.
From 'little rocket man' to murder charge: a selection of Trump's tweets
One of the first times that Twitter was criticized for leaving a message from Trump was in 2017. In it, the president reported hearing the Secretary of State of North Korea speak to the United Nations, "If he had the thoughts of represents the little rocket man, they won't survive for long. " The tweet was seen as a threat by many. However, the message remained intact; Twitter considered the news value to be too great.
However, Trump himself does not like criticism. Previously, anyone who spoke fiercely about the president could count on a blockade. Seven Twitter users did not leave it at that, they successfully went to court in 2018 to challenge the blockade. According to the federal judge, the president violated freedom of expression.
Over the years, many have suffered from reporters to world leaders and his predecessor Obama. Still, Trump made it very furious last week: in two days, he claimed that voting by mail is susceptible to fraud and accused former politician and MSNBC presenter Joe Scarborough of murdering his assistant in 2001, without any evidence.
The measure is full and Twitter is intervening
Subsequently, Twitter decided to label the tweets about possible voting fraud by post as misleading information. A milestone, because for the first time, Twitter is interfering with Trump's content to "stop the spread of potentially harmful and misleading coverage."
Trump is furious, but Twitter continues. A tweet from the president following the Minneapolis protests that would incite violence is partially hidden and comes with a disclaimer.
In response, Trump threatens to "severely regulate or close" social media platforms and signed a decree on Thursday to weaken or lift legislation protecting those platforms.
Whether it comes to a ban? That chance is very small. It is likely to violate the US Constitution: the first amendment protects Twitter from government censorship. It is also questionable whether the president can and will do without his beloved platform.