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The elected US President Donald Trump has made world politics on Twitter for years, fired cabinet members and insulted opponents. On Friday evening, the short message service withdrew his most important communication platform.

The president recently reached more than 88 million followers with his messages directly via @realDonaldTrump, without having to go through traditional media. The Trump Twitter archive records a total of 56,571 tweets, 26,237 of which he sent as president. In the past three months, Trump had an average of 30 tweets a day.

Trump kept the world in suspense with his constant tweets. On June 4 last year alone - during the protests against racism and police violence after the death of the African American George Floyd - he sent 163 Twitter messages to the world, his one-day record. In the monthly ranking, last September, when the election campaign was in full swing, was ahead with 1,421 Trump tweets.

Political messages and self-praise

The first tweet was sent by @realDonaldTrump on May 4, 2009, when Trump announced his appearance on David Letterman's late night show.

As President Trump used the platform like no one before him, never before has Twitter messages been more important. Trump not only spread political messages via the channel, but also often shameless-looking self-promotion - for example on January 6, 2018, when he described himself as “a very stable genius”.

Some tweets stirred up concerns about a war, for example on May 19, 2019: "If Iran wants to fight, then that will be the official end of Iran," Trump wrote at the time.

Others remained a mystery, something his later deleted message from May 31, 2017 with the word “Covfefe”. "I think the president and a small number of people know exactly what he meant," said his spokesman at the time.

Trump shared powerfully against his opponents and critics on Twitter, often below the belt. For example, on October 24, 2017, Trump certified the then US Senator Bob Corker that he could “not even be elected as a dog catcher in Tennessee”.

Add warning to unsubstantiated claims

Most recently, Trump used Twitter primarily to spread his unsubstantiated claims of fraud in the November 3 presidential election and to oppose his defeat. Twitter provided more and more of its tweets with warnings. After Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, the company pulled the rip cord. Because of the "risk of further incitement to violence", Twitter blocked the @realDonaldTrump account permanently.

The current president sent his last Twitter message on Friday at 10.44 a.m .: Trump announced that he would not take part in the swearing-in of his successor Joe Biden on January 20.

Tagesschau, January 9th, 2020, 7:30 p.m.; sda / hesa; widb

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  • Comment from Maciek Luczynski (Steine)
    If we make demands on private companies that have no legal framework because the authorities are still chasing the Internet development, then something goes wrong here.
    There is no law that would prohibit Twitter from deleting accounts.
    There is also no law that obliges Twitter to make its decisions according to any (global) rules.
    And the authorities can either accept this or try to block Twitter (for Switzerland).
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      Every company is subject to the jurisdiction of the country in which the company is domiciled. There is always a law and therefore no legal vacuum.
      Even if there is no law that forbids deletion, there is a law that forbids publicly accusing someone of unlawfulness without being determined by a judge.
      However, this illegality is a prerequisite for deletion according to the Twitter terms and conditions. So? It's not that clear!
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from René Baron (René Baron)
    Dear SRF,
    Could you please ask a professional lawyer for a position name on the basis of which law a private individual may decide, bypassing the justice system, that others are supposed to have committed crimes (crimes that must be present, because according to ABS accounts and thus also the data of many bystanders may only be deleted in the event of proven violations of the law).
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      So many dislikes: where are the reasons? Are there only troublemakers at work or just overwhelmed, who dislike everything on principle, which is more complicated than just repeating the mainstream quickly?
      Where are the lawyers? Where is SRF?
      After all, this topic is also about THESE comment columns and the question of who is allowed to accuse private individuals of violations of the law based on what law, which entitle them to block comments?
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from Karl Kirchhoff (Charly)
    Trump can run to "his" Supreme Court and see if he can get his account back on Twitter or Facebook? That would be even better if the state tells private companies how to design their terms and conditions. Trump has violated it several times and overstepped the curve.
    It is clear that his like-minded people are bothered by it.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      The state gives private individuals the freedom to design their terms and conditions as long as they do not violate any existing law.
      It is also implicitly clear that where the terms and conditions do not regulate anything, state law applies.
      If the ABS does not regulate who can decide on crimes, only one judge can do so. If accounts can only be blocked on the basis of proven crimes in accordance with the terms and conditions, companies may only maintain the blockage with a judicial decision.
      Agree agree to the comment
    2. answer from Karl Kirchhoff (Charly)
      @baron. Does the proven, international legal expert write?
      Agree agree to the comment
    3. answer from Maciek Luczynski (stones)
      @ René Baron:
      It's not about whether private companies can play judges.
      It's about whether private companies are allowed to terminate contracts with private customers (without a court).

      Would you allow Swisscom / Sunrise / Cablecom to terminate contracts without first asking a court for permission?
      Agree agree to the comment
    4. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      @Luczynski
      Basically, a Swisscom contract and a Twitter contract are two different things.
      In addition, Swisscom is not allowed to terminate me without good reason, but has to fulfill a service mandate.
      Last but not least, it is not about the termination per se, but about the accusation made for the Twitter blocking that Trump violated the law.
      Complicated? Sorry, there is nothing I can do about that. Always like that when you get to the bottom of things.
      Agree agree to the comment
    5. answer from Maciek Luczynski (stones)
      @ René Baron
      "Basically, a Swisscom contract and a Twitter contract are two different things."

      Why ?

      In both cases, the provider can unilaterally terminate you if you as a customer do not adhere to the rules. EVERY provider can decide this independently (without a court).
      The customer then has the right to prosecute this in court (both at Swisscom and Twitter)

      It's true, Twitter doesn't have to fulfill a performance mandate.
      Agree agree to the comment
    6. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      @Luczynski
      An employment contract can also be terminated. Nevertheless, it is different from a Swisscom contract.
      Do you see how strange your comparisons seem?
      Just because you can basically terminate contracts - otherwise there wouldn't be any - doesn't mean that all contracts are simply the same. Manno!
      Agree agree to the comment
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