Twitter Deleting Donald Trump’s Account Over ‘Racist and Divisive Rhetoric’ Is A Hoax

By Erica Abbott

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Reports claiming that Twitter deleted President-elect Donald Trump’s account are fake. Despite some questionable things Trump has tweeted, Twitter has not removed his account over “racism and hate.”

The false claim originated on a fake news website masquerading as CNN. The article, which was published Jan. 10, said Trump’s account would be deleted within the next 48 hours over his “racist and divisive rhetoric.” It purports:

“Twitter will not tolerate active users, whose only message is one of hate, racism and intolerance. Donald Trump may have been elected to the White House, but at least someone can stand up to him, for the American people and say, ‘No Mr. Trump, we are not with you,’” Paul Horner, a spokesman for Twitter told reporters. “Everything he stands for is backwards. His appointment of racist Steve Bannon, the way he unites hate for the Muslim people in this country, his support of white power organizations. He appointed a cabinet full of billionaires and millionaires to standup for the lower and middle class. The person he puts in charge of the EPA denies climate change. His person in charge of education doesn’t believe in public education. The American people should not accept this. The children of this country deserve a leader who will build a successful future for them. Twitter will not aid and abet him as he makes a mockery of the Presidency. We have no choice but to delete his account.”

The article uses hyperlinks to legitimate news sources to back up their false report. Much of the information included is also fake, including the Westboro Baptist Church’s phone number being used as Twitter’s hotline, in addition to phony names. They also suggest that Trump had already set up a new Twitter account, however, is still very much active on the @realDonaldTrump handle.

In his latest Twitter tirade, Trump criticized fake news as “a political witch hunt” after BuzzFeed published unverifiable claims regarding Trump’s connections to Russia.

Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.” Very unfair!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

I win an election easily, a great “movement” is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

Though Twitter could suspend Trump based on their rules of conduct, the repercussions of censoring him would more than likely outweigh any good. “Until it creates a better anti-trolling regime, suspending the president-elect’s account for the sort of messages he has posted so far would look unfairly partisan, and could well raise more trouble for Twitter, and the world, than it solves,” the New York Times wrote last month.

Despite the report being entirely fictitious, as Snopes reported, social media users shared the news—both in support of and against the fake decision to ban Trump.

Social Media Shares Fake News about Trump Twitter Ban

Damn. Even @twitter doesn’t like Mr. Trump. Ouch. https://t.co/ETK9RkbZrl

— Carmen Berkley (@CarmenSpinDiego) January 10, 2017

Yes Twitter, please do us all a favor! Especially for our infantile president-elect! Jeeze!! Although, after… https://t.co/Kvn1kVAqIX

— Sherah (@SherahFineSouls) January 10, 2017

No free speech for un-American traitors https://t.co/8Sr9gZFp9n via @CNN

— Donny T. West (@DonnyTWest) January 10, 2017

“Hey @realDonaldTrump you lost something…”, “I`m the preside…”…your Twitter-Acc.” “Noooooooooooooooooo!” LOL

https://t.co/NHcEP5vFV5

— Graf von Kronenberg (@VonKronenberg) January 10, 2017

Yes!!!! Thank you Twitter!! https://t.co/xhh6vAOSJP

— Joe McStowe (@joemcstowe) January 10, 2017

Twitter will become irrelevant if it Deletes Donald Trump’s Twitter Account https://t.co/nJqTHl7Stv via @CNN

— gab.ai/Libertea (@Deplorable_inNC) January 10, 2017

EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE OUTRAGED IF THIS ARTICLE IS TRUE! #TRUMP IS MY PRESIDENT!!!! ♡ @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/aeHXkQqc4X

— ♡ClassyTampaGal♡ (@ClassyTampaGal) January 11, 2017

He’ll be tweeting from @potus soon enough anyway #sigh https://t.co/cn1ehCvnVx

— Gary Alan Hidalgo (@garya1an) January 11, 2017

Do you think Twitter would ever ban Donald Trump? Sound off in the comments section below!

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