Make Twitter Great Again: Ban Donald Trump
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Donald Trump is a menace to social media. Trump tweets hateful and harassing messages that have the real potential to push someone to violence.
Please sign the petition on this page and tell Twitter
to permanently ban Donald Trump from its service.
Trump puts the "bully" in bully pulpit. Trump regularly uses his nearly 17 million Twitter followers to attack and insult people, places and things (289 by the New York Times' count, and that's only since Trump declared his candidacy in mid-2015).
What's worse, Trump has a tendency to "punch down": Trump likes to attack a little guy, knowing full well the little guy will quickly get overwhelmed by the imminent onslaught of Trumps millions of minions.
United Steelworkers 1999 president Chuck Jones learned the hard about Trump's cyberbullying yesterday when he criticized Trump's Carrier deal on CNN.
Within 20 minutes, Trump was on Twitter attacking Jones.
While the notion of banning Trump from Twitter may at first sound extreme, Twitter's own rules put Trump on thin ice:
Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.
Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.
Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include: if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others; if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats; if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.
Let's walk through these:
1. Violent threats and harassment.
And while Trump himself has not directly threatened violence on Twitter, he has threatened it offline at his rallies. So his followers know what Trump lies. And, I'd argue that Trump knows, or should know, the possible consequences of tweeting attacks on private citizens -- especially after what happened with the Comet pizza parlor fiasco, where there could have been a bloodbath. Trump's behavior is at the very least reckless.
2. Hateful conduct.
Promoting fake news:
Trump is also prolific at creating and sharing "fake news." As you know, fake-news has become a huge problem this year. So much so, the Pope this week called fake news a sin. From the fake news that led to a near mass murder at the Comet restaurant, to the fake news created and shared by the Russian government to help get Trump elected, fake news is a real problem that social media must address.
By banning Donald Trump, Twitter can strike a major blow against fake news and bullying.
It's time to put a stop to Donald Trump's cyber-bully pulpit.
Tell Twitter to ban Trump, and make Twitter great again
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
From: [Your Name]
Donald Trump is a menace to social media. It's time for Twitter to permanently ban Trump from the service.
Donald Trump has repeatedly violated Twitter's own rules prohibiting harassment and hateful conduct. By banning Donald Trump, Twitter can not only strike a major blow against bullying, but also against the increasing threat posed by "fake news," of which Trump is a huge purveyor.
Please put an end to Donald Trump's cyber-bully pulpit. Ban Donald Trump, and make Twitter great again.