Twitter has permanently suspended the account of US outgoing president, Donald Trump over violent conduct. A
According to the social media firm, his account was permanently suspended “due to the risk of further incitement of violence”.
According to the company, the decision was made “after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account”.
The latest development is coming amid a Big Tech purge of the online platforms used by Mr Trump and his supporters.
Over the years, some lawmakers and celebrities had called on Twitter to ban Trump. Once if them is former First Lady Michelle Obama, who tweeted on Thursday that the Silicon Valley giants should stop enabling Trump’s “monstrous behaviour” and permanently expel him.
Twitter banned trump by locking out his account initially for 12 hours on Wednesday after he called the people who stormed the US Capitol “patriots”. This made hundreds of his supporters to enter the complex as the US Congress attempted to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. The ensuing violence led to the deaths of four civilians and a police officer.
Twitter warned then that it would ban Mr Trump “permanently” if he breached the platform’s rules again. After being allowed back on Twitter, Trump’s two tweets on Friday was the final straws.
In one, he wrote: “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!!!”
Twitter said this tweet “is being interpreted as a further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an ‘orderly transition'”.
In the next, the president tweeted: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter said this was “being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate”.
Twitter said both of these tweets were “in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy”.
After the suspension of his @realDonaldTrump account, Trump tweeted from the US president’s official @Potus account suggesting he would “look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the future” and railing against Twitter.
But the tweets were removed from the platform as soon as they were posted.
Reaction trail permanent suspension of Trump on Twitter
Reacting to the ban, Trump 2020 campaign adviser Jason Miller describes the development as disgusting. He wrote: “Disgusting… if you don’t think they’re coming for you next, you’re wrong.”
Twitter had earlier on Friday also permanently banned the account of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and two Trump loyalists: former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell.
Google also suspended free speech app, Parler, rivalling Twitter that is increasingly popular with Trump supporters – from its online store.
“We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US,” said Google.
Facebook also on Thursday announced that it had suspended Trump “indefinitely. The popular gaming platform Twitch also followed suit by placing an indefinite ban on the outgoing president’s channel, which he has used for rally broadcasts. So has Snapchat.
During the week, e-commerce company Shopify close two online Trump memorabilia stores while Reddit banned its “donaldtrump” forum for the president’s supporters on Friday.