President Donald Trump supporters are planning a rally at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco on January 11.
The protest comes amidst accusations against Big Tech for carrying on an unprecedented crackdown on conservative voices, including denying Trump access to Twitter and Facebook.
San Francisco police said they are prepared for any violence or other disruptions at the company’s headquarters.
“The San Francisco Police Department is aware of the possibility of a demonstration on the 1300 block of Market Street (Twitter). 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,” a police department spokesperson told IANS in an email.
The San Fransisco Chronicle reported that the adherents of Trump were called to protest the President’s Twitter ban outside of the company’s headquarters.
Trump was permanently suspended by Twitter after an unruly group of people stormed Capitol Hill on January 6, while certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory was in progress.
“After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them a” specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter a” we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said in a statement.
A Twitter spokesperson said that the company’s highest priority was workers’ safety.
“While we respect people’s right to express their views, we’ve been transparent about the factors leading up to our decision last week,” the spokesperson said.
The Big Tech has also launched a coordinated attack on alternate social media platform Parler, by removing it from Google and Apple app stores and also kicking it off Amazon’s AWS platform.
Facebook has announced that the restrictions on Trump’s account will continue till the end of his term on January 20.