Twitter has permanently banned President Trump from the platform and cited “the risk of further incitement to violence” announced late Friday. The ban follows this week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol that Mr Trump is accused of incitement to believe.
“After carefully examining the latest tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we have permanently blocked the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” said a statement from Twitter.
Twitter told CBS News that the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts will not be banned at this time, but their use will be limited. It was not specified how to restrict the use of the accounts. The company said it would freeze the accounts if it became necessary in an extreme situation to alleviate the damage in the real world, adding that they would be transferred to the Biden administration in due course.
Twitter also said that if it becomes clear that Mr Trump created another personal account to evade the ban, that new account will also be suspended.
Hours after the ban was announced, President Trump appeared to be tweeting from the official @POTUS account. “As I’ve said for a long time, Twitter has continued to ban free speech, and tonight Twitter staff coordinated with the Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from their platform in order to shut up me – and YOU – bring the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me, “read a post from the report.
The post said that Trump was negotiating with other websites and that he would have “a big announcement soon”. The article also states that the President is examining “the possibilities of setting up our own platform in the near future”.
The tweets were deleted within a few minutes. The Trump campaign account has been banned because the same statement was tweeted.
Mr. Trump used Twitter frequently to drive the news cycle, target political opponents, and announce policy changes. He also used Twitter to share unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and allegations of election fraud that contributed to his removal from the platform.
Twitter initially frozen the president’s personal account for 12 hours on Wednesday and threatened to permanently ban Mr. Trump if he continued to expose misinformation. In a blog post on Friday, Twitter said it found that two of the president’s subsequent tweets violated the rules of glorifying violence.
In the first tweet, Mr. Trump said, “The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA BIG AGAIN, will have a HUGE VOICE going forward. They will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way.” Way, form or shape !!! “
Twitter said some interpreted the tweet as support for the rioters who stormed the Capitol this week and plans to continue to support people who believe his false claims of winning the November 2020 election.
In the second tweet, Mr Trump said he would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Twitter said this could make the election illegitimate.
“Therefore, we are determined that the above two tweets will inspire others to repeat the acts of violence that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are several indicators that they will be received and taken as encouragement,” said the Company.
Five people were killed in the violence at the US Capitol this week, including awho died of his injuries and a woman who was from the police.
Twitter confirmed on Friday that plans for future armed protests were already floating around the Capitol. “Plans for future armed protests have already begun to spread on and off Twitter, including a planned secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and State Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.”
“Big Tech would like to cancel all 75M @ realDonaldTrump supporters,” Miller tweeted. “If you don’t think they’re coming for you next, you are wrong.”
Musadiq Bidar contributed to the coverage.