On the same day that Twitter added yet another content warning to President Trump's words, it chose to permanently ban a popular conservative comedian. After Trump tweeted a vow to purse criminal charges against those attempting to set up the "Black House Autonomous Zone" in front of the White House, Twitter said his promise to America to enforce the law was tantamount to a threat of violence.
There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
But promising the worried nation he would uphold the rule of law in Washington, D.C. was a bridge too far for Twitter who chose to censor the president by inserting their own take on his comments.
"We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group," an automatic message says when users click on Trump's tweet.
Just hours later, Carpe Donktum, known as a comedian and meme creator who supports Trump, created a meme decreeing he would be leaving Twitter after they unfairly marked the president. In the very short video announcing his departure, however, Donktum announced he was only joking.
Twitter, Donktum declared, would never get rid of him. Just a short time later they did just that.
"Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” said a Twitter spokesperson the ban. “The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of this policy.
On social media platform Parler, a site that vows to uphold the right of their users to exercise free speech, Donktum confirmed his removal from Twitter.
"Yes, I have been permanently suspended from Twitter for 'copyright infringement," he said. "I have always abided by any DMCA takedown I have received. I have NEVER violated a takedown. The most recent takedown was this morning and it was fraudulent."
From Carpe Donktum’s Parler account: pic.twitter.com/ewV5dCEMJ4— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) June 23, 2020
Donktum then referred to a former video that was dubbed as the "Racist Baby," which the president shared to his own Twitter account last week. Twitter removed the video from Donktum and Trump's accounts, claiming that the use of the images Donktum altered were a violation of copyright rules. But Donktum says that claim by Twitter was also false.
I think what’s really going on is Carpe has very effective memes that cut through the BS and go viral. It sure seems like Twitter is helping Joe Biden (who has a terrible digital team). It feels like they’ll use any excuse to take out everyone that’s really effective for Trump.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 23, 2020
There’s an arrogance to Twitter right now— Will Chamberlain ???? (@willchamberlain) June 23, 2020
They think there’s nothing Trump or the GOP can do to hurt them
So they suspend @CarpeDonktum over nonsense
And mess with the President’s Twitter like it’s nothing
Many calls were also made for President Trump to come to Donktum's defense on Twitter. Last summer, Donktum took part in a social media bias meeting at the White House. He appeared at CPAC to discuss social media bias and censorship of conservatives earlier this year.
Twitter has suspended Trump's top meme video maker @CarpeDonktum.— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) June 23, 2020
If you're following, protesting the stay-at-home order is a social media violation. Marxist protests, vandals, looters & arsonists get props & celebrity fundraising.
They draw the line at pro-Trump video edits.
They censor Trump for saying anarchists won't take over DC and now they've muzzled @CarpeDonktum ... the hell is going on at Twitter.— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) June 23, 2020