In a move that’s sure to make to make it harder for Donald Trump to get his election message out, Twitter has suspended the account of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for including banned hate speech in his tweets.
“We take our responsibilities to foster respectful dialogue seriously,” Twitter Chief Enforcement Officer David Hearns says in a statement the company released this morning. “This was not a decision we made lightly, but we stand by our policy and did what we felt we had to under the circumstances.”
Under the company’s hate-speech policy, accounts are suspended 60 days for tweets that contain messages supporting discrimination or inciting violence against or disparaging protected groups based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, religion, and disability, among other things.
Among the offending tweets the company cited are those referencing Mexico and its sending of illegal immigrants into the United States. “billions of dollars gets brought into Mexico through the border,” one tweet says. “We get the killers, drugs & crime, they get the money!”
In a response it released this morning, the Trump campaign said the suspension is politically motivated. “Twitter in bed with crooked Hillary. But she won’t win even with its illegal, disgusting help. Boycott loser Twitter!”
The campaign also said it’s initiating a lawsuit against Twitter and asking for summary judgment to allow the account to remain in good standing until after the election in November.
“We intend to ask for $150 million in damages, because that’s the value of the communications we’re losing because of this clearly biased, illegal, and politically motivated action,” said Mark Lewiston, an attorney representing Trump in the action.
Meanwhile, one of the Trump campaign’s top managers, Paul Manafort, said Trump will be using a rival micro-blogging site, Plurk, to get his message out to followers, “Plurk is better than Twitter anyway,” Manafort said. “You can send plurks of 220 characters rather than just 140. And most of its users are in Taiwan, so we don’t have to worry about political correctness stifling free speech.”
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