Former CIA officer sets up crowdfunding page in attempt to ban Donald Trump from Twitter

Former CIA officer sets up crowdfunding page in attempt to ban Donald Trump from Twitter

Valerie Plame wants to ban Donald Trump from Twitter

Friday, August 25, 2017

A former CIA officer is using crowdfunding to raise money in an attempt to buy a major stake in Twitter, which she plans to use as a way to persuade the company to ban Donald Trump from the service.

Valerie Plame was around $1 billion ($778,700,000) short of the amount she wanted to buy the stake so has set up a GoFundMe page, according to CNN.

On the page it says "#BuyTwitter and delete Trump's account" and Plame spoke to CNN yesterday (August 24) about the project on The Situation Room.

She admitted that the project is "really ambitious" but said her main aim to show others the potential the US President has to cause nuclear confrontation via Twitter.

Plame explained: "The point is, I want to shine a spotlight on showing how dangerous Trump and his Twitter button can be."

She also said that she won't benefit by running the campaign in a financial way and if the campaign doesn't raise enough money for the stake in Twitter, money will go to Global Zero. Global Zero is an organisation which calls for nuclear disarmament.

The former CIA officer also hopes that her campaign alone will put a lot of pressure on the social media platform to ban Trump.

Surveys of the public have also shown that sizable majorities are critical of the US President's use of Twitter and claim he is sending the wrong message to other leaders.