President Trump responds to Twitter account ban in tweet storm from @POTUS account

After Twitter took the major step Friday of permanently banning President Trump’s @realdonaldtrump Twitter account, the President aimed to get the last word in through his government account @POTUS which has a fraction of the Twitter followers but still offered the President a megaphone on the service to send out a few last tweets.

The tweets were deleted within minutes by Twitter which does not allow banned individuals to circumvent a full ban by tweeting under alternate accounts.

In screenshots captured by TechCrunch, Trump responds to the account ban by accusing Twitter employees of conspiring with his political opponents. “As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me.”

The President’s rant further contends that he will soon be joining a new platform or starting his own. Many contended Trump would join right wing social media site Parler following the ban, though Friday afternoon the site was removed from the Google Play Store with the company saying Apple had threatened to suspend them as well.

“We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future,” other tweets from the @POTUS account read in part.

The same messages were later tweeted from the President’s @Teamtrump campaign account, which Twitter subsequently suspended.

In a statement to TechCrunch, A Twitter spokesperson wrote, “As we’ve said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules. We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account. For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not suspend those accounts permanently but will take action to limit their use.”

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Gab, a social networking site popular among the far right, seems to be capitalizing on Twitter bans and Parler's suspension from the Google store. It says its gaining 10,000 new users every hour.

Summary List PlacementGab.com has reported massive growth following the Capitol insurrection, the removal of high-profile conservatives from Twitter, including President Donald Trump, and the suspension of the Parler app on the Google store. 
Gab, a social networking website popular among the far-right, was founded in 2016 by Andrew Torba who touts it as a vehicle for free speech.
The layout of Gab is similar to Twitter. It displays trending posts in the center, aggregated news to the right,  and a menu and explore section to the left.
In October 2018, Vox reported that Gab had 465,000 to 800,000 users. In July 2020, Fox Business reported that, as of April, the site had over 1.1 million new cumulative registered accounts and 3.7 million monthly visitors worldwide.
This past Wednesday, the day the Capitol was stormed by pro-Trump rioters, Torba reported that site traffic jumped 40%, according to NPR. On Saturday, the site tweeted that it was gaining over 10,000 users an hour, and had received “12m visits in past 12 hours” just before 11 a.m.

10,000+ new Gab users every hour. — Gab.com (@getongab) January 9, 2021

 
In 2017, Google removed Gab’s app from the Google Play Store for violating it’s hate speech policy. It was rejected from Apple’s App Store for related reasons.  In 2018, the website was dropped by its original domain host, Go Daddy, when it was revealed that gunman accused of killing 11 congregants in a Pittsburgh synagogue was a frequent poster on the site.
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Amazon is removing Parler from its web hosting service, meaning the platform will go offline Sunday if it can't find another host

Summary List PlacementAmazon is removing the fast-growing social media network Parler from its web hosting service, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News. Amazon confirmed the authenticity of the letter to Insider.
In the email, Amazon Web Services said Parler violated its terms of service due to an increase in violent content shared on the website. Amazon said it “cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.”
“Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59PM PST,” the email said.
Unless Parler is able to find an alternative hosting platform, the website will go offline Sunday night.
Parler CEO John Matze confirmed Amazon’s decision in a post on the platform, saying its possible Parler will be offline for “up to a week.”
“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited,” he said.
Google and Apple banned the Parler app from their app stores this week also for violating policies by failing to remove violent content.
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Parler did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Amazon’s decision came amid calls by some of its employees for the company to stop providing cloud services to Parler, after some right-wing extremists used the site to plan the deadly siege at the US Capitol earlier this week.
In the email obtained by BuzzFeed, Amazon said it does not think Parler’s plan to moderate violent content manually with volunteers will work.
“This is further demonstrated by the fact that you still have not taken down much of the content that we’ve sent you,” the email said.
BuzzFeed shared screenshots of violent content on Parler that was included in Amazon’s email.
In one Parler post that included a photo of lawmakers taking cover during the Capitol riots, the user wrote: “How bout make them hang?”
Another screenshot showed a post that said “we need to start systemically assassinating #liberal leaders,” among others.
Parler became popular in recent months among supporters of President Donald Trump and members of the far right due to its lack of moderation.
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