President Trump’s Twitter account has been permanently banned by Twitter officials amid the US Capitol mob violation that leaves five dead, creating chaos nationwide. [Trump Twitter TwitterKastrenakes]
- President Trump’s Twitter account was permanently banned by Twitter officials after the US Capitol chaos on Jan 9, 2021
- Twitter cited the risk of further incitement of violence as the reason for the ban, due to Trump’s recent incitement of the pro-Trump mob
- Twitter had previously suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours for violating their Civic Integrity policy
- The ban was being planned inside Twitter for a while, with more than 300 employees signing a partition
On Friday, Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump’s Twitter account as pro-Trump protestors caused chaos. Recently, Twitter was suspending the president’s account but the latest decision is to ban him permanently from the social media app.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter Tweeted on Jan 9, 2021.
The news is all over social media and magazines. It is believed that what led Twitter to ban his account is his latest incitement, as he allegedly incited the pro-Trump mob into breaking into the US Capitol, damaging the official documents, and killing five people in the process.
Image: Trump’s Twitter Gone
Trump and his recent history with Twitter weren’t any good. Recently, he repeatedly shared tweets complaining that the elections were rigged and his presidency was stolen from him. At first, Twitter suspended his account for 12 hours, as the president “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
What’s interesting is that Twitter did warn the president that his account would be banned permanently if he kept violating Twitter’s policy. But it seems like that president was too busy complaining the elections were rigged and his tenure was being stolen.
The latest two tweets before the permanent ban were actively threatening “civic integrity” and “violent threats” which Twitter doesn’t allow on the tweet-sharing platform. [Trump Twitter TwitterKastrenakes]
Twitter’s Official Statement on the Trump Ban
“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 stated in its blog.
As we stated earlier that Trump and Twitter didn’t get along since the start, but his latest Tweets were too much for Twitter to ignore. Twitter said in a public statement that the president’s latest tweets were “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts,” and they did at the US Capitol.
“President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets,” Twitter shared his reasoning on the Trump ban.
“The second Tweet may also serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a ‘safe’ target, as he will not be attending… Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021,” reads the reasoning statement shared by Twitter.
As the original report was first shared by Jacob Kastrenakes on The Verge; the maganize asked Twitter officials to comment on other accounts related to Trump. Well, Twitter didn’t comment on that but the platform did state that if the president uses other accounts to spread hate again, those accounts would be banned “at first detection.”
Twitter mentioned accounts like @POTUS and warned that if such accounts were to spread hate just like Trump’s did, they will also get suspended unless they are not spreading real-world violence.
The Trump ban was being planned inside Twitter for a while now. There was an internal partition on Twitter where more than 300 employees signed to ban Trump from Twitter.
Following Twitter, Facebook also suspended Trump’s account as Mark Zuckerburg said the risks “are simply too great.” Zuckerburg also said the president used Facebook to “incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
Even today in 2023, Trump is still banned on Twitter. Some folks thought that it was merely an attempt to silence the president but it looks like Twitter was serious after all. Even after Elon Musk bought Twitter last year, he did unban some accounts in the name of free speech but Trump is still banned nevertheless. [Trump Twitter TwitterKastrenakes]
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