Could Donald Trump be banned from Twitter?.Speculation over whether Donald Trump will be impeached has been rife since the US president began his term in January. The controversial head of state has historically low poll ratings and has been embroiled in scandals including a fight with the FBI, domestic and foreign policy turmoil, and a war with journalists.
Before impeachment, which requires a two-thirds majority in each house of Congress, Trump could be stripped of access to his second most important platform after the White House: Twitter.
Trump is in danger of being blocked from the 140-character social network, his communication method of choice, after posting a video clip that depicts him body slamming and punching a man with a CNN logo on his face.
The video, which originated on Reddit, was accompanied with a tweet that said: “The dishonest media will NEVER keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of our GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE!” Twitter has strict rules governing hate speech and violence on its platform. The social network’s terms of service ban violent threats, harassment and hateful conduct. Users found perpetrating any of these in their messages are at risk of being barred.
Its rules state: “You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.” It adds that users cannot engage in “the targeted abuse or harassment of others”, in particular if that abuse is “one-sided or includes threats”.
Twitter has banned high-profile users in the past for violating its terms. Notable Trump supporter Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently blocked from using the social network last summer for “inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others”.