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Police brace for MAGA protests at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters as site’s stocks plummet 10%

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Twitter was on Monday bracing for pro-Trump protesters outside its San Francisco headquarters after banning the president from the platform. 

The tech giant permanently suspended Trump Friday, citing a ‘risk of further incitement of violence’ in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. 

That saw shares drop 10 per cent in premarket trading on Monday. 

Police told The San Francisco Chronicle they are aware of a possible protest and have been in contact with the social media giant. One police car was stationed outside the building Sunday and barriers were erected, NBC reports.

There has been no official demonstration planned but talk online suggests Trump fans may decided to gather their to protest the decision. 

One post on Saturday suggested those in attendance should bring ‘big’ zip ties to ‘citizen arrest violent agitators.’ Another is said to have told demonstrators to cover their faces with masks and hats. 

Twitter was on Monday bracing for pro-Trump protesters outside its San Francisco, pictured, headquarters after banning the president from the platform

Officers were stationed outside the building Sunday and barriers were erected, NBC reports

Officers were stationed outside the building Sunday and barriers were erected, NBC reports

John Dennis, San Francisco Republican Party chairman, said: ‘When the company has an unequal application of the terms of service, you’re going to get a response.

‘It’s gonna happen. So I don’t know the specifics of this protest, but I suspect you’re going to see a lot of them.’ 

Officer Adam Lobsinger said in a statement: ‘SFPD has been in contact with representatives from Twitter. We will have sufficient resources available to respond to any demonstrations as well as calls for service citywide.

‘The San Francisco Police Department is committed to facilitating the public’s right to First Amendment expressions of free speech. We ask that everyone exercising their First Amendment rights be considerate, respectful, and mindful of the safety of others.’ 

Twitter saw shares drop 10 per cent in premarket trading on Monday

Twitter saw shares drop 10 per cent in premarket trading on Monday

Twitter employees have not been in the office since March last year at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The company said in a statement: ‘While we respect people’s right to express their views, we’ve been transparent about the factors leading up to our decision last week.

‘We have nothing to add but wanted to confirm that we continue to have mandatory work from home guidance for Twitter employees.’ 

Facebook on Thursday suspended Trump’s account through January 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and possibly indefinitely.  

On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell — as part of a broader purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. Twitter said it will take action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. 

Fuelling frustrations right-wing social media site Parler also disappeared from the web and vanished from the Apple and Google app stores after tech giants cut ties with the platform. 

Parler went offline shortly after 3am EST Monday after Amazon booted the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting it down until it can find a new hosting partner.

Hailed by Trump supporters as a conservative-friendly alternative to Twitter, the site is seen as a magnet for the far right and was accused by Apple, Google and Amazon of continuing to allow messages inciting violence after Wednesday’s riot.

Parler, which some of the rioters had used to help plan the insurrection, was the most-downloaded app in the Apple store on Friday before both Apple and Google cut off its access to their app stores.

CEO John Matze warned in his final post before the 3am deadline that ‘we will likely be down longer than expected’ as tech firms distance themselves from the ‘free speech’ site. 

On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell — as part of a broader purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. Twitter said it will take action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm

On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell — as part of a broader purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. Twitter said it will take action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm

Republican congressman Devin Nunes, who had an account on Parler, raged at what he said was ‘political censorship’ after Apple and Google removed the app.

‘Spread the word so your fellow Americans know about this,’ he urged his three million followers on the site.

Right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro warned on Twitter that ‘the tech bros are making a horrible and dangerous moment significantly more horrible and dangerous’.

‘There are no consistent standards being applied. There is reactionary deplatforming in the name of one side,’ he claimed.

‘Everyone on the right is correctly concerned that these same companies are five minutes away from simply removing the ability of conservatives to host content anywhere.’

The social media crackdown has revived a debate over whether tech giants should be treated as ‘publishers’ with the same liability as news providers. 

Trump, holed up at the White House, was increasingly isolated after a mob rioted in the Capitol in support of his false claims of election fraud.

Trump, holed up at the White House, was increasingly isolated after a mob rioted in the Capitol in support of his false claims of election fraud.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach Trump as she pushes the vice president and the Cabinet to invoke constitutional authority to force him out.

Trump, holed up at the White House, was increasingly isolated after a mob rioted in the Capitol in support of his false claims of election fraud.

A mob of Trump supporters overpowered police, broke through security lines and windows and rampaged through the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to scatter as they were finalizing Biden’s victory over Trump in the Electoral College. 

Banning Trump, Twitter said in a statement: ‘In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.

‘Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

‘However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.’

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