Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson has taken to crowdfunding in a bid to get US President Donald Trump banned from Twitter. Wilson launched the campaign last week, tweeting, “If @Twitter executives won’t shut down Trump’s violence and hate, then it’s up to us. #BuyTwitter #BanTrump”
Since the launch of the campaign named as ‘Let’s #BuyTwitter and #BanTrump’ on gofundme.com, around 1190 people have provided $39,269 towards the target of $1 billion.
Talking about the need to ban the US president from Twitter, the introduction of the campaign on the crowdfunding site reads, “Donald Trump has done a lot of horrible things on Twitter. From emboldening white supremacists to promoting violence against journalists, his tweets damage the country and put people in harm’s way. But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level.”
“It’s time to shut him down. The bad news is Twitter has ignored growing calls to enforce their own community standards and delete Trump’s account. The good news is we can make that decision for them,” it adds.
According to Wilson, Twitter is a publicly traded company. The money collected through crowdsourcing would be used to purchase of a “controlling interest” in Twitter. “At the current market rate that would require over a billion dollars — but that’s a small price to pay to take away Trump’s most powerful megaphone and prevent a horrific nuclear war,” she says.