Trump Returns To Twitter

The question lingering in the minds of the LGBTQ+ community is whether to stay on Twitter and fight or leave in a mass exodus.

LGBTQ+ News Politics Triston Brewer

This article was published on January 3rd, 2023

The people (or tweeters) want Donald Trump back as president. 51.8% of the 15 million polled (including bots) supported Trump’s reinstatement. Will the LGBTQ+ community leave in protest?

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Musk Ramps Up the Stakes

Musk hasn’t changed since buying Twitter and his actions in the last few weeks have sent shockwaves throughout the digital world. Musk sacked trust and safety CLO Vijay Gadde after purchasing Twitter. After Gadde’s limits, Musk fired 3,000 contractors who handled hate speech, harassment, stalking, threats, nonconsensual intimate imagery, spam, and other Twitter offenses. As a result, Twitter’s objectionable content system failed.

Before predicting Trump’s tweets, many experts believe Musk has demolished the brand and predict what he may try to rebuild if hazards emerge, and advertisers leave in droves. 

The Trust and Safety Protocols of Twitter and Their Slow Descent

Gadde, Harvey, and Hoyle created the Trust and Safety Council alongside worldwide civil rights and liberties organizations in 2015. That board later represented the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Jack Dorsey stressed security and trust after returning as CEO in 2016. Dorsey, Gadde, Citron, Keller, and Berkeley journalism school dean Tom Goldstein established an impromptu cabinet to combat election-season misinformation and hate speech. The notion at the time was that Twitter would improve debate.

Dorsey, Gadde, and Harvey met with this group on December 2, 2016, to discuss how Twitter could best fight global democracy-damaging misinformation. Despite not having all the facts, the firm was on high alert and would spend resources to fight damaging cyber activity. Pickles joined Gadde in 2018, assembling a group to tackle deep fakes. Gadde’s group forbade “dehumanizing comments” and restricted inflammatory content.

Trump and the Accountability Factor

Donald Trump and others were able to make false and disparaging remarks about the company, the election, and health due to the company’s loose procedures. Twitter and others said public officials “were different” when we underlined that “with huge authority comes greater—not less” accountability.

On January 6, 2021, when a mob demanded Trump’s resignation, Gadde urged Dorsey to suspend Trump’s account temporarily.

On February 6, 2021, Twitter supported Trump’s permanent social media ban and felt “enough was enough” when Trump had downplayed and politicized the deadly virus on social media and incited a mob that killed five people injured many, and shook the nation and world. After a delay, Twitter and others blocked Trump’s platform.

Musk Reinstates Trump to Twitter

In a move that has shocked many, the former president has since declined Musk’s invitation. Trump launched Truth Social in February 2022. On his own app, Trump regularly spreads fake news, election results, bigotry, anti-LGBTQ news, anti-Semitism to a community of less than 2 million followers.

The question now is if Trump will tweet to his 86 million followers despite his complaints. Twitter opposed his return in February 2021, but his platform may differ with an election campaign to consider. 

So far, Trump hasn’t posted a single tweet since his Twitter account was reinstated; instead he has continued on his own Truth Social social media platform, as his primary social channel to engage with his followers.

The White House Takes a Stand

Under President Joe Biden, the White House said it would watch Twitter under new CEO Elon Musk.

“We’re watching,” said White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre. The White House has stressed that social media companies must act to combat disinformation and hate.

Musk claimed over the weekend that Twitter signups were at an “all-time high” despite reinstating suspended accounts. Musk said activist groups subsidized defections over verification and hate speech.

The Ramifications Continue to Ramp Up

As Trump launches a new election campaign, media entities will be on high alert watching how Twitter handles the continued debacle of a Donald Trump publicity blitz. The other question lingering in the minds of many in the LGBTQ+ community is whether to stay on Twitter and fight or leave in a mass exodus? As the story unfolds, HomoCulture will keep readers up to date on the latest information.

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