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'Hang Mike Pence” trends on Twitter amid plans for armed protests on Jan. 17

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)


“Hang Mike Pence” trended on Twitter amid plans for armed protests on Jan. 17 by supporters of US President Donald Trump.

"Hang Mike Pence" hit around 14,000 tweets on Friday night, according to reports, amid the social media giant’s permanent ban on Trump over inciting violence in the US Capitol protest on Wednesday.

"We blocked the phrase and other variations of it from trending," a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News on Saturday. "We want trends to promote healthy discussions on Twitter."

Some protesters reportedly shouted “Hang Mike Pence” during the Wednesday  protest at the Capitol, where the lawmakers were engaged in the process to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

"This means that at times, we may prevent certain content from trending. As per our Help Center, there are rules for trends -- if we identify accounts that violate these rules, we’ll take enforcement action."

The vice president refused to throw his support behind Trump’s efforts to overturn election results in his favor.

Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, saying it feared Trump’s most recent tweets could be interpreted as supporting protests, including a proposed attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on Jan. 17.

“Without the tweets, I wouldn’t be here,” Trump told the Financial Times in a 2017 interview.

Trump tried to put out statements via other accounts but they were blocked. He accused Twitter employees of having “coordinated with the Democrats and the radical left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me. Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.”

“As we’ve said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.


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