San Francisco: A planned protest outside Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters against the social media platform’s ban of Donald Trump fizzled out Monday when just a couple of the US president’s supporters turned up.
Messages posted this weekend on popular far-right forum TheDonald.win had called on pro-Trump activists to assemble outside the tech giant’s offices, which are largely deserted as staff work from home thanks to the pandemic.
One user even urged participants to bring zip ties to “citizen arrest violent agitators,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Police deployed dozens of officers and constructed security barriers, but only a couple of protesters and counter-protesters arrived.
“I do not like being censored. and that i feel conservative voices are being censored,” one protester told the local Fox TV station KTVU.
Kenneth Lundgreen, 71, told the Chronicle he wanted to “act as a counter balance” just in case a crowd just like the one that stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC last week arrived.
Shortly then unrest, Twitter imposed a permanent ban on Trump’s account — which had 88 million subscribers — prompted by multiple violations of its rules and therefore the risk of “further incitement of violence.”
Trump accused the corporate of conspiring with the “Radical Left,” while some international leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called the ban “problematic.”
Other platforms including Facebook and Snapchat even have suspended Trump.
US Democrats have launched the method of impeaching Trump for a historic second time for “incitement of insurrection” over the attack on the Capitol, during which five people died.