US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been permanently suspended due to the risk of further incitement of violence, the company said.
This comes a day after the President’s account was restored following temporary suspension as his tweets encourage storming of the Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
“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,” an official release from the company said.
It has been a long-standing demand of lawmakers and celebrities to ban Trump from Twitter.
The micro-blogging site had warned Trump that it would ban him permanently if he breached the platform’s rules again. And after his restoration, he posted two tweets which could mobilise audience and incite violence.
In the first tweet, he said, “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!!!”
Shortly thereafter, he tweeted: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter said these posts were “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the inauguration is being received as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th, said the micro-blogging site.
Further, the second tweet may also serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending.
After the suspension of his personal account, he used the official US president’s account, suggesting that he would “look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the future” against Twitter.
But the tweets were removed from the platform as soon as they were posted.
Earlier, Facebook had banned Trump from the platform “indefinitely” due to his efforts to incite violence at the US Capitol.
According to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, the one-day ban imposed on Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram was extended because of his “use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”