Isn’t it interesting that two of the giants of social media, Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, have to police the Child in Chief in the Oval Office, because he can’t be trusted to police himself? And apparently neither can his aides. Washington Post:

Twitter said it will require President Trump to remove a post containing coronavirus misinformation, banning him from tweeting until he does so.

President Trump’s tweet of a video clip from a Fox News interview — in which he said that children are “almost immune” from covid-19 — violates the site’s rules against misinformation, the company said. Twitter hid the post and said he will not be able to tweet from his account until he deletes it, although he can appeal the decision.

Facebook on Wednesday said it removed President Trump’s post of a video clip from a Fox News interview in which he said that children are “almost immune” from covid-19, marking the company’s increasingly tough stance on political speech amid heightened pressure.

I guess it’s a good thing that there are some adults, somewhere, who are looking out for America’s interest during the pandemic, because it is certain that the sitting president* is not.

It will be interesting to see if Trump appeals the Twitter ban, or if he removes the offending tweet, which is hidden at this point. I am assuming that Trump will comply with Twitter’s ban, because that’s his drug of choice, the tweet box. I can’t see him giving it up that easily.

I’ll bet that there is wailing and gnashing of teeth at the White House right now. Who knows, maybe executive orders are being drafted.

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22 Comments on "Trump Banned From Twitter Until He Removes COVID-19 Misinformation Piece"

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Tin woman1
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I would laugh. But it’s not funny.

Denis Elliott
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Folks who know me know the contempt I hold towards Twitter. That contempt long pre-dates Trump’s becoming a fixture on that platform. So I have a question: What exactly has Twitter done? Have they merely hidden the offending Tweet (after ignoring so many others that I’m told violated their site rules I might add) and blocked Trump from twittering until he removes it? If so it’s way too little. He’ll throw a tantrum, take it down and then go on merrily violating their user rules. Now, if Twitter makes his entire feed go dark, as in block ALL of his… Read more »
Bareshark
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Far as I can tell, both the tweet and FB post are gone, full stop. While I sympathize with your contempt–it’s only when Trump is losing that they do this–take it as a good sign nonetheless, Denis. When big companies make moves in a side’s favor like this, it means you’ve already won.

Denis Elliott
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Won? I beg to differ. Going back to my jarhead days it would be the equivalent of having my squad in a defensive position against an enemy that outnumbered us five or more to one. Such an enemy will send out a “probe” at various points to size up the defenses. Easy enough to beat back, but hardly winning the battle yet to come – when the full force attacks. More to the current situation, FB in particular but Twitter too are I think doing what you suggest and taking a look at which way the wind is blowing. I… Read more »
Bareshark
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Oh, STOP, Denis. If they thought for a second that Trump stood a chance, they’d have done a repeat of the weak sauce blocks previously shown. THAT was the probe. Escalation like this is them betting on him being gone in a few months and wanting non-Trumpies to stick around. Why risk Trump’s wrath otherwise?

Denis Elliott
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I guess I didn’t do a good job making the point I want to make. You’re of course right about them believing it’s likely Trump will lose so taking this particular stand and pissing him off is a “risk” they are willing to take. However, given how often he’s violated site rules on both platforms the fact he hasn’t been permanently banned and his content removed by now tells me they are hedging their bets. There’s still the rest of the GOP out there after all and as I said today in a comment about Fox airing anti-Trump ads money… Read more »
p j evans
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They violated terms of service, posting misinformation about the virus.

Dusty Miller
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Denis, Could not possibly agree with you more. If Twitter ended his account altogether, which they should have done long ago, it would kill him. Pence would then have to pick a running mate, or R’s would have to have a brokered “virtual” convention. which would be interesting, don’t you think?? Dusty

Scott Jackson
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Kinda like the German townsfolk outside the camps that pretended they had nothing to do with anything & were guilty of nothing.

Denis Elliott
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Sums up conservatives pretty well. All the suffering and even death their policies (limiting and/or denying health care as a basic human right, their fight to de-regulate and have unsafe workplaces, to pollute including specific environmental racism – the list goes on) cause on a massive scale. Now, with the pandemic we are seeing what I believe is intentional genocide that’s been calculated to kill off or at least terrorize more of our people (into not voting) than their own. IOW we are seeing this attitude from this administration and all too many statehouses when it comes to the devastation… Read more »
Daithi
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So the twat can’t tweet – best news of the month

Lorri
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Dear Lord, Ursula. you have written the piece of the century. Bless you for reporting it. And because you did, please stay safe and secure.

Bareshark
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They know which way the wind’s blowing…and it’s anywhere but Trump’s back. That’s why NOW and ONLY now they’re doing this. And BTW, did you happen to hear NY’S AG tell the press she’s got a national announcement tomorrow morning, right when we find out that grand jury has nearly ALL of Trump’s financial records courtesy of Deutsche Bank?

p j evans
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NYC certainly has those records. We don’t know about NYS. It’s quite probable that whatever Tish James is going to announce, it’s not about the Tr*mps. She’s got the NRA investigation, and maybe Kodak’s stock stuff last week.

blueman
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Executive orders concerning Executive Time.

Meg Corrigan
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It is shameful that our duly elected, “representative” Congress cannot manage the Toddler In Chief, but a private company like Twitter can take him out behind the woodshed and whup his backside. 🙄

sfadza
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