Opinion | Trump is being treated like anyone else on social media | Opinion

Social media sites all have their own rules and guidelines for what sort of content they do or don’t accept.

People get banned from social media sites frequently for hate speech and offensive or threatening language. That describes much of Trump’s conduct, so it makes sense that he got banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram — owned by Facebook — Snapchat and YouTube.

Trump’s ban from social media sites was warranted and predictable.

I’ve broken down a few clear examples of times Trump violated the policies of two major social media sites he was banned from: Twitter and Facebook. He’s violated these sites’ policies enough times to fill a book with examples, but here I’ve delved into four crucial instances.


July 14, 2019: In three consecutive tweets, Trump issued a hostile xenophobic attack assumed to be against four recently elected Democratic women. 

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……

….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….

….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

— Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019

These tweets violate Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, which states that “you may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

March 16 & 17, 2020: Trump referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” on multiple occasions, even after hearing from many people, including Representative Ted Lieu, that this offensive rhetoric would likely increase discrimination against Asian Americans. He used this rhetoric across social media platforms and in real life, not just on Twitter.

“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”

— Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020

“Cuomo wants ‘all states to be treated the same.’ But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big ‘hotspot’, West Virginia has, thus far, zero…

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