Twitter permanently suspended President Trump’s account Friday after determining that his posts pose “the risk of further incitement of violence,” The Hill reported.
The platform had previously handed the president a 12-hour suspension for posts made during Wednesday’s violent insurrection at the Capitol building.
“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,” the company wrote in a blog post.
Twitter chose to act based on the two posts of President Trump.
“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!!!” the first post read.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump said shortly after.
“Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks,” Twitter explained.
“After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”
Twitter bans a series of conservative accounts
Earlier on the same day, Twitter also suspended the accounts of former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and lawyer Sidney Powell.
“The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to news outlets on Friday and claimed the suspension had to do with the “QAnon” movement. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content.”
Powell, in a statement to the Epoch Times, said there “was no warning at all” about her account being deleted, adding that “it is stunning.”
“Twitter’s actions and those of banks who shut down accounts of people who went to DC are fascism in its purest form. The President must act on the foreign interference in this election. It is a communist coup that has been long and well-planned,” she said in an email.
The account deletions suggest tech firms are now moving to suspend accounts of people who are repeating claims of voter fraud and irregularities during the Nov. 3 election.
Accounts suspended by Twitter in today’s ambush (updated list)
& a whole lot more
Meanwhile, Twitter still allows these Portland antifa groups to organize, promote and/or incite violence on the platform.