Twitter on Friday permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account because of “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The move follows a temporary lock on Trump’s account, which had more than 88 million followers, on Wednesday for three tweets the social network said violated its rules against interfering in elections and civic processes. Twitter’s action comes after a mob stormed the US Capitol, temporarily halting the certification of Joe Biden as the next US president and leaving five people dead.
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“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,” Twitter said in tweet.
Twitter has been reluctant to pull down Trump’s account in the past because of public interest. But the company faced more pressure, including from civil rights groups and politicians such as former First Lady Michelle Obama, to permanently suspend Trump’s account after violence incited by the president’s baseless claims of voter fraud broke out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. “We made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement,” Twitter said in a tweet.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
A link to Trump’s account now says it’s suspended. Trump’s Facebook account has already been locked indefinitely.
This story is developing…