Twitter User Creates Account to Tweet Exactly What Trump Does to See If He'll Get Suspended, and It Only Took 3 Days
President Donald Trump has over 80 million Twitter followers and has tweeted nearly 50 thousand times.
The President's antics on Twitter became infamous during the 2016 campaign, but people assumed after his election that the President would have less time to tweet, and that his tweets would be less incendiary when he assumed the responsibilities of the President of the United States.
In fact, that hasn't happened.
The President has broken his personal daily record for tweeting and retweeting at least twice since he's been in office.
The content hasn't changed much either, and many would say it's worsened.
Trump tweeted for four American Congresswoman of color to "go back" to where they came from. He's attacked everyone from MSNBC's Joe Scarborough to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg to Republican Senator Mitt Romney.
The protests against the murder of George Floyd by police have only exacerbated the President's erratic tweets, with some even flagged by Twitter for glorifying violence.
Twitter refuses to suspend the President's account, however, citing his relevance as a world leader.
So the Twitter account @Suspendthepres decided to put the standard to the test. The user behind the account began tweeting exactly what the President tweeted and urged its thousands of followers to report the tweets.
The account was suspended in less than three days.
Experiment Update - Account just now coming off a 12 hour suspension. Took roughly 68 hours for Twitter to suspend… https://t.co/zLBHtywtc0— Will they suspend me? (@Will they suspend me?)1591090817.0
The tweet that spurred the suspension was the same that Twitter flagged for violence on the President's account. It referred to protestors of George Floyd's murder as "thugs" and quoted the infamous phrase from racist 1960s Miami police chief Walter Headley: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."
Twitter told @suspendthepres in a message announcing the suspension:
"[W]e've temporarily limited some of your account features. While in this state, you can still browse Twitter, but you're limited to only sending Direct Messages to your followers—no Tweets, Retweets, follows, or likes."
People commended the account for exposing the lower standard to which Trump is held.
@SuspendThePres Well done. Its about time someone found a way to show how hypocritical @Twitter is. Keep up the good work.— 💙💛ᎷᏗᏒᏖᎥᏁ ᏖᏂᏋ🇪🇺🏴🇬🇧𝕊𝕋𝔸𝕐 𝕀ℕ! (@💙💛ᎷᏗᏒᏖᎥᏁ ᏖᏂᏋ🇪🇺🏴🇬🇧𝕊𝕋𝔸𝕐 𝕀ℕ!)1591091203.0
@SuspendThePres good work mate. do you have a media outlet lined up to expose this?— FACEPALMER (@FACEPALMER)1591091728.0
@SuspendThePres Excellent experiment.— Peggy (@Peggy)1591196429.0
@SuspendThePres Thank you for doing this.— Mary Quite Contrary (@Mary Quite Contrary)1591100148.0
Meanwhile others were livid with Jack Dorsey, other Twitter executives, and Donald Trump for the constant stream of belligerent tweets.
@SuspendThePres @jack @TwitterSupport HYPOCRISY!!!— Sandy Razo (@Sandy Razo)1591103543.0
@SuspendThePres But Trumps slips through. He says they are picking on him. Right— Lisa (@Lisa)1591091797.0
@SuspendThePres I guessed it would take a day or two. I was only off by one day. Twitter and @jack need to follow their own rules.— Steven Crosby (@Steven Crosby)1591117928.0
@SuspendThePres Wait- so they suspend you for the content but allow him to post it!?! The hypocrisy is sickening. I… https://t.co/NvaAHf8bvc— mary b wright (@mary b wright)1591099463.0
Trump frequently complains that Twitter is biased against him, but as these tweets show, it's at least somewhat biased in his favor.