A Twitter account SuspendThePres did an experiment by posting everything that President Trump was tweeting.
“This account will tweet what the President tweets,” Twitter account SuspendThePres posted on May 29. “Let’s see if it gets suspended for violating twitters [terms of service].”
Just 68 hours after this tweet, Twitter suspended the account for violating its policies against glorifying violence.
SuspendThePres said that they wanted to conduct a social experiment to see if Trump’s tweets were actually against the policies or was he being targeted out of spite.
“I wanted to see for myself if he was indeed violating [Twitter’s terms of service],” said SuspendThePres, speaking to Mashable via DM. “Figured what better way to test out the hypothesis than to see if they suspended me for the exact same language.”
The person did not give their real name because of the potential threat to security.
The tweet that caused the suspension of SuspendThePres was the same tweet that started the war between Twitter and President Trump.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” said the offending tweet, in words copied directly from Trump. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
While you can still find Trump’s tweet on his account hidden with a warning, SuspendThePres was temporarily removed from the site for the exact same content. “Apparently Twitter does, in fact, believe the tweet in question ‘glorifies violence,’” said SuspendThePres. “Their words not mine.”
The same person also operates from another account called BizzareLazar and after emailing Twitter about the tweet, the account was notified that the ban would be lifted in 12 hours after they removed the tweet from their page.
“I believe we as a free society which is more and more dependent on social media to gather our information are responsible for holding our elected officials accountable for the content they put out there,” SuspendThePres told Mashable. “Social media platforms themselves have the same responsibilities however they can be hamstrung by certain limitations.”
“In a world leader’s case, Twitter makes the argument that their content is important to be able to be viewed regardless of its content to further national interest in the conversation. While I don’t disagree with that statement I feel we should also know if
that content would otherwise violate platforms [terms of service].”
“No matter what happens in November, regardless of who our president is, I feel this type of social experiment can help people gain at least a little bit of insight,” they said. “Here’s hoping Twitter doesn’t shut it down permanently.”