White House: Now That Twitter Has Banned Trump, Biden Supports Company Effort To ‘Reduce Hate Speech’
On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that after Twitter banned former president Donald Trump, President Joe Biden supports Twitter’s effort to “reduce hate speech.”
Psaki emphasized that any decision to restrict speech on the platform is solely “a decision made by Twitter.”
PSAKI: "We don't spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about President Trump here. Former President Trump, to be very clear; I can't say we miss him on Twitter."
"[Biden] has spoken to the need for social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech." pic.twitter.com/4c5BVNvP8H
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 1, 2021
Psaki: ‘I Can’t Say We Miss Him On Twitter’
“We’ve certainly spoken to, and he’s spoken to for the need for social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech, but we don’t have more for you on it than that,” she said.
Psaki did admit that the Biden administration did not miss the Trump being vocal on social media, but also said they don’t focus on him much to begin with.
Psaki told a reporter, “This may be hard to believe. We don’t spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about President Trump here — former President Trump — to be very clear.”
“I can’t say we miss him on Twitter,” she added.
After Biden’s inauguration, Twitter began a massive purge of conservative and pro-Trump accounts.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki: "We don't spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about President Trump here — former president Trump to be clear…but I can't say we miss him on Twitter"
(Some journalist is asking about his Twitter ban)
— Matthew Petti (@matthew_petti) February 1, 2021
Twitter Permanently Banned Trump On January 8
In a conference with his employees, Twitter CEA Jack Dorsey said, “We are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration.”
On January 8, 2021, Twitter released a statement, saying, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Twitter has permanently banned President Trump.
"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," the platform said. pic.twitter.com/fEFfoowWBV
— Brut America (@brutamerica) January 9, 2021
“Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly,” the statement read. “It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”
“However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things,” the statement added. “We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”
Trump has been noticeably quiet since leaving office, as most other social media platforms have banned him as well, effectively deplatforming him. It remains to be seen what his next move will be.