Twitter has banned the US President Donald Trump’s account @realDonaldTrump, the social media giant said on Friday, January 8. Twitter said they are suspending Trump from its platform due to the risk of further incitement of violence following the riots in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, which led to five deaths.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” said Twitter in a blog post.
Twitter had temporarily blocked Trump’s account after the US Capitol incident on Wednesday and had warned him of a permanent ban if the violation of Twitter policy continues. Trump had more than 88 million followers in his Twitter account and the social media platform was his primary megaphone.
Twitter also said, “In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violation of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.”
Trump posted two tweets on Friday, after returning from the temporary suspension, which Twitter claims to have violated the company’s policy against the glorification of violence.
The first tweet was: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form!!!”
And the second tweet said: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter said, “these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior form his account in recent weeks.”
It is the first time Twitter has banned a president from its platform. Facebook has also suspended Trump from using his Facebook and Instagram accounts until the transition of power to Biden is complete. Civil rights groups have welcomed Twitter’s bold decision as a true leadership, which earlier had faced much criticism.
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