Twitter is having to deal with the recalcitrant Indian government regarding access to certain Twitter accounts the government wants to be suspended. However, in the social media platform’s country of origin, it's not facing any problems regarding its operational clout.
Recently, Twitter said that former US President Donald Trump’s suspension from its platform was permanent and that he wouldn’t be back on the space even if he were to run for – and win – another presidential term.
Twitter’s stand, clarified by Ned Segal, its Chief Finance Officer (CFO), came about during his television interview on CNBC. Segal said, “The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO, or you are a former or current public official.
Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back”.
Twitter clear on its stand on Donald Trump's presence on the site
The statement comes amid Trump’s impeachment trial by the US Senate.
Earlier, the ex-President’s legal representatives had pointed out that since he had demitted the office, he couldn’t be tried. However, the trial has commenced after the senate voted in favour of the trial by a margin of 56:44 votes.
Despite the going ahead of the trial, there’s near certainty of Trump’s acquittal because of the reduced number of Republicans who voted in favour of the trial. Only six Republican senators voted to impeach Trump while the rule states that in order for Trump to be convicted, 17 Republicans senators needed to cast their vote.
According to the American constitution, if Trump were to be acquitted, he would be eligible to contest for another Presidential term. Meanwhile, Trump’s Twitter account was suspended on a permanent basis by the social media company after his supporters attacked the US Capitol.
The company went on to justify their decision by stating that Trump’s account had been suspended in order to prevent another such incident to occur prompted by such incitement. Donald Trump had been accused of using his social media profiles to incite his followers following the result of the American elections in November. Prior to Twitter suspending his account, Trump was also blocked out by Facebook and YouTube.