The soon to be former-president of the United States has been permanently banned from Twitter.
The social media platform announced that Donald Trump is banned from Twitter, following the catastrophic events that unfolded at the US Capitol this week.
The president has been accused of inciting his supporters to protest Joe Biden’s election win.
In response to the ‘domestic terrorist’ attacks on the US Capitol, Trump issued a video in which he states:
“We love you. You’re very special. Go home”
Annoucning Trump’s permanent ban from the platform, Twitter’s Safety account tweeted:
“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,”
This comes after Trump’s account was suspended for 12 hours, and after Twitter had warned him about future use of their platform.
“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.”
This week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that Trump was banned from using Facebook and Instagram indefinitely.
He issued a statement which read:
“Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.
“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labelling his posts when they violate our policies.
“We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech.
“But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.
We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
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