Social media platforms have found themselves in a rather tricky position when it comes to the now-outgoing president.
Typically speaking, a bully and liar of such epic proportions would have found themselves kicked to the curb on every platform aside from Parler long before now. However, with Donald Trump enjoying the undeserved protections that come with the power of the presidency, he’s been able to get away with threats, bullying, and blatant misinformation that your average Joe would’ve been canned for ten times over, simply because he’s the president. Not to mention the fact that he tends to make all his important announcements through Twitter, like an angsty teenager.
But, now that Trump has lost the presidential election and Joe Biden is on his way in, in just a matter of a few weeks, it looks as though Donald won’t be enjoying such protections for much longer.
At present time, Donald Trump enjoys the protections of Twitter’s “world leaders policy,” meaning the platform will leave up posts that would typically be removed in an effort to allow people to still see what their head of state is saying. This has allowed Donald to get away, virtually unchecked, with everything from bullying and threats to lies and mistruths about the pandemic.
However, in a report from Forbes, a spokesperson for the social media platform confirmed that after noon on January 20th, Donald Trump will no longer enjoy those protections and will be subjected to the same rules, guidelines, and policies as a typical citizen.
Trump’s tweets have often been labeled as misinformation, namely about the pandemic and the election, but the ability to ban him from the platform will certainly be a huge development in staunching the bleeding that has been the Trump presidency.
I can only imagine that Trump will be properly distraught the moment his precious Twitter account inevitably goes up in flames.
But if you ask me, Parler can have him.
You can read the full report here.