Twitter bans Trump, at last. The final bullet in their (compelling, detailed) list of decision factors is an interesting one.
Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.
Three things of note:
- Um, that’s not good.
- Of course Twitter knows this. This bullet’s a subtle reminder of the volume of real-time conversation flowing through the service.
- This bullet isn’t directly related to the analysis of the Tweets that Trump sent today. The other four bullets were a very specific parsing of the language in those two offending Tweets. This one…isn’t.
I applaud Twitter for being up front about applying context outside of the language of the offending Tweets themselves to the ban decision. No, Trump didn’t mention January 17th in his Tweets today. But Twitter knows — because of the context of the conversation “on and off-Twitter” (emphasis mine) that he doesn’t have to explicitly call for violence on the 17th. He can do it implicitly, and still run afoul of their glorification of violence policy.