It’s been reported that some Twitter employees have set their account settings to private due to fear of being targeted by supporters of Donald Trump.
Prior to the January 6th riot at the Capitol, Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight much harder” and “show strength” and while the attack was going on, he even tweeted “we love you” to his supporters. Trump’s official Twitter account was permanently suspended on 8th of January “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” as explained by Twitter.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was not really convinced by the decision of banning Trump’s account temporarily, eventually leading to permanent suspension of his account. While the decision of permanent suspension had already been made by the company, more than 300 employees at Twitter signed an internal petition calling for permanent banning of Trump’s account.
Trump did not just become subject to his account being banned on Twitter, but Snapchat also issued its own permanent ban, while Twitch and Facebook also put indefinite bans on his accounts. “The risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service... are simply too great,” said Facebook. Even Shopify took down Trump’s campaign store, which was a main source of sales of Make America Great Again hats and other merch.