Donald Trump's Twitter Account Is Very Much in Violation of Twitter's Terms of Service

Donald Trump's Twitter Account Is Very Much in Violation of Twitter's Terms of Service

I'm reasonably certain that Trump is a violation of the terms of service of the Constitution for the United States.

If you want Trump to really go insane, ban his Twitter account.

And, just like Reddit, they're going to let this hateful garbage - fueled by stupidity, willful ignorance, and Russian influence - remain on their site.

Make it a 48 hour ban. Give him two days to stew. :D

And the easiest path to resolve this violation is via Congress. So that basically makes the Congressional majority, Twitter. And like Twitter, someone else owns their balls, so they won't do shit.

Unbelievable how he's not being impeached over blocking people from seeing his tweets. He's preventing citizens from receiving federal alerts. Disgusting.

So for real now, what would happen if Twitter banned Donald Trump?

Would he just switch to spewing dumbshit word bongos full-time from the POTUS account? Would he switch to another platform? Would he create another platform? Would he try to nationalize Twitter in a fit of impotent rage?

The possibilities.

And, just like Reddit, they're going to let this hateful garbage - fueled by stupidity, willful ignorance, and Russian influence - remain on their site

Yet if I tell one person to go to hell, I get a 7 day ban.

Is it the onus of a private company to maintain public records, or on the state department?

For the love of God, NO. He'll fucking declare war on Africa or something to vent his feelings if he doesn't have Twitter. Not a country in Africa, he's too dumb to think of Africa as anything but a single, giant, homogenous country (except for Kenya).

Unbelievable how he's not being impeached over blocking people from seeing his tweets.

Uhm, that's like... Not even in the top five reasons he needs to be impeached though.

Is that because he has such witl hands?

Meth is a terrible drug for a 14 year old Russian.

He would fucking sue Twitter and vent about it daily on Facebook. When he gets banned from there he will just upload screenshots on Instagram.

Yeah but nobody cares about that. We care about Twitter. Trump's nickname 10 years from now will be Twitler.

Can a war even be declared, if one can not tweet to declare it?

It doesn't matter if he's blocking accounts or people; he's prejudicially targeting users and restricting them from seeing officially sanctioned government statements. You can't do that.

It isn't a crime to violate your ToS, but if they're selectively applying it and that can be proven in a court they could open themselves up to civil lawsuits.

The State Dept. should be automatically archiving all of Trump's tweets. IMNAL but I think destruction of presidential records would be illegal without special permission from the Archivist. In any case the FBI probably archives everything he tweets.

Could this open up Twitter to lawsuits around discriminatory practices? Say, for banning activists of a certain race, but allowing identical or more severe statements from Trump to remain?

Technically he's blocking accounts not people, anyone not logged in can still see all his tweets.

I'm curious though if Twitter has any legal obligation to enforce their TOS equally, or if arbitrary and selective enforcement is just fine from a legal standpoint.

I don't think Twitter can legally delete the tweets. I think that would be a violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978.

Moreover, I'm pretty sure turning off his account doesn't delete his tweets from their system

When you're a star, they let you do it.

like Reddit, they're going to let this hateful garbage - fueled by stupidity, willful ignorance, and Russian influence - remain on their site.

yep because both see how much money is involved and don't want to loose the traffic. Reddit management especially screwed up in how much they let so many hatefilled places thrive on here.

What's an emulments clause? What's a collusion what foreign adversary?

No, however the President IS a government official, and therefore is not allowed to use Twitter's block feature to restrict a person's access to posts he creates.

It's likely coming but while we wait why don't you help us out with the emolument clause?

Twitler is still three letters too long.

He would move to myspace

Or maybe suggest posters are following a script we have read before - BAN! 7DAYS!

But Reichbart is a-okay.

Just report him. Who knows maybe they'll get tired of dealing with so many reports a day

A 48 hour ban alternating every 2 minutes, spread over 96 hours. That will drive him crazy

Trump is one of those rich fuckers. You didn't solve the problem, you cut out the middle man.

It's not Twitter's responsibility to keep permanent records; that's up to Trump to organize.

Specifically the act

Places the responsibility for the custody and management of incumbent Presidential records with the President.

The act also doesn't require that things stay where they were originally posted, so it's fine for Trump to delete tweets as long as copies are archived.

Twitter share holder here, where can I vote my shares... Actually, if I recall correctly, Twitter shareholders get a share of profits but no voting rights.

Can a bakery be sued for releasing the names of the couple they refused to serve, and their address and phone numbers, on Xtian boards where it promptly went viral?

Yes, yes they can.

You type like grandmother's do in Facebook comments.

are you OK? ..........................

You people never follow up on that statement.

Um, here's the text of the ongoing legal complaint about this https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3892179/2017-07-11-Knight-Institute-Trump-Twitter.pdf How did you miss that?

TL;DR is that his former press secretary stated that the president's Twitter are official statements, as such blocking people viewing them is unconstitutional. Sure, you can log out and see them, but the block also prevents a response. This can be viewed as the president blocking speech in response to his public statements, which could be a violation of the first amendment.

In addition, the presidential records act would be in effect, which gives rules referring to the dissemination and archiving of official communications.

In order to avoid the issue, the president must either withdraw the claim that tweets are an official communication channel or unblock everyone until his term ends.

Protip for the future: the term "you people" is a dog whistle, usually used instead of saying "you [slurs]". When used in such a way it's as a rhetorical question meant only to indicate a dismissive attitude to the behavior questioned. As such, by using that phrase many people will assume that you don't really want answers and ignore you.

Don't even read his other posts unless you want to lose IQ points. Downvote and move on.

Do you smell toast?

Im proud to say i never have and never will sign up for Twitter.

Until people start fucking deleting twitter.

For real. People. Delete your account.

Ben Gazi is African? I thought he was an email.

Yeah. My own fault. Told a baby boomer to "go to hell" for his generation's behavior. Got a 7 day ban for uncivil comments. It's cool, I served my time and I'm more careful about incivility now.

Only thing that bothers me is when I got back I reported a comment that was way worse (don't remember the exact words, but it was bad) and nothing was done about it.

DELETE FROM reports WHERE ReportedUser='@realdonaldtrump'

Add that to a cron job and move on.

Edit: con -> cron

This some funny ass shit right there

Please, do not ban Trump on twitter ; that is his favorite method of self-destruction.

Hahahah like we're under any actual threat for him to save us from.

Bull.

DT is a money laundering ass who lost by 3M votes. He won the electoral college in voter suppression and lies he clearly could convince a large number of stupid people to believe. The few Bernie supporters who stayed home or voted DT were inconsequential in the electoral college.

This is the "To be or not to be" moment for the Trump age.

modern apps use a deleted flag and rarely ever delete database data

Yeah I read that and thought the same. Look there are plenty of reasons to seek that outcome - blocking 7 twitter users is not one.

Egypt is in the midddle east. Evidence: they aren't black. /s

I believe the argument is that the tweets are -- As Trump and his administration have themselves claimed -- official statements, and therefore under the Presidential Records Act.

This means it is not legal for the Trump Administration to delete tweets or to tamper with their dissemination.

Here's how you can find out more next time.

yes they will get tired of this huge spike to their business.... come on man

Your way of typing, as said in reply to your previous comment, is painful.

You're not going to stop people visiting his Twitter. But handling reports requires manpower, and that does cost Twitter.

Annnnd nothing will be done about it.

Would he switch to another platform? Would he create another platform

Here's what I don't get. You don't need to build a whole Twitter or Facebook clone if you just want to publish short messages on the Internet. We have these things called webpages, we've had them since the 90s. You edit the HTML and save it. If that's too much work, an intern can put together a web form in a few days to make it user friendly...

Yeah, even if the public can't access them, I'm sure they would keep all that stuff backed up in this case, even if it isn't standard practice for all users.

Yeah... It's just melanin, white people evolved lower melanin to compensate for the diminished amount of sun as you move away from the equator. That enables a white person to maintain a healthy vitamin D level.

Twitter, struggling to make a profit, isn't going to stop anyone who keeps their name in the news. They can't buy this kind of free advertising. They'll find a business model somehow, someday--even if it means catalyzing nuclear war.

shareholders get a share of profits but no voting rights.

Ah, so it's the opposite of the election.

We had some Arabic friends from Egypt. They thought it was the height of comedy to refer to themselves as African Americans. It was a little funny, but they really loved that joke.

I got to where he replied to himself several times and gave up.

Reported. Deleting my account on Monday.

Some cesspool clone of Twitter that prouds itself to value privacy and freedom of speech but once you get in you realize it is only populated by Nazis, Trump voters, Trolls and Notch.

One of the tin foil hat theories I actually hope is true is that twitter and Reddit have been asked to allow this shit to continue as it's mounting evidence in the investigations.

he's prejudicially targeting users and restricting them from seeing officially sanctioned government statements. You can't do that.

But people aren't restricted from seeing officialy sanctioned government statements.

Any human on Earth, Twitter subscriber or not, can see his tweets.

Grab em by the hashtag

Well its your fault for hurting /sub/killzejews feewings.

we may find our President tweeting us into World War III.

My fucking dad sits here saying people just "aren't used to" a president like this, who doesn't take anyone's shit and draws comparisons to JFK and Reagan.

Difference, dad, is that neither of those two were pushing their 70s, possibly senile, and neither of them had a global platform such as the internet upon which to make thinly-veiled threats of nuclear retaliation.

It's not people not being used to someone. It's people not wanting to be plunged into world war 3: nuclear boogaloo by a mutant fucking tangerine.

Twitter's not going to ban their cash cow. Trump made Twitter relevant again.

Neat.

he paid for everything.... no interference by corporations

I think this is where we say, with all due respect, top kek.

Who do you think gave Trump loans when he was essentially down to his last dimes in the late 90s? Appalachian coal miners?