Twitter has permanently suspended the account of US President, Donald Trump, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence”,
The company announced this in a blog post on Friday.
According to the microblogging site, the permanent suspension comes after a review of the context of recent tweets by the US President’s account.
“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.
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.
“However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement,” the blog post partly read.
Twitter had blocked President Trump’s account on Wednesday for a duration of 12 hours after his supporters stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police in a bid to stop US federal lawmakers from certifying the November 3, 2020 election victory of Joe Biden.
The riot led to the death of five persons, including a police officer.
Trump had tweeted several message on Wednesday, calling the people who stormed Capitol Hill “patriots”. He also said “We love you.”
Following the removal of the restriction on Thursday, Twitter said that it would ban Trump “permanently” if he breached the platform’s rules again.
Twitter instead given the outgoing president a final warning.
The US President returned to the platform on Thursday and posted a more conciliatory video, where he conceded defeat for the first time and pledged to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to the incoming administration.
However, the president’s tone apparently changed on Friday as he posted two tweets that seemed to be more forceful and commanding.
The first tweet saw Trump assuring the 75 million people who voted for him that they will never be disrespected, adding that they will have a “giant force” in the future.
But Twitter deemed the two tweets as “being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an ‘orderly transition'” and “being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate” respectively.
It added that both tweets of the US President “can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence”, saying they were in violation of its glorification of violence policy.
After his personal account had permanently suspended, 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.