Twitter permanently bans Donald Trump

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Following a wave of social media bans and suspensions of services like Facebook and Twitch, Twitter has now announced that it has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account @realDonaldTrump.

In a statement on his official blog, Twitter announced, “After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @RealDonaldTrump Account and the context around them – particularly the way they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence. “

If you go to Twitter now and search for the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account, you will be greeted with the greyed out “Account Suspended” notification.

Source: Twitter.com | Captured by IGN.

Twitter added: “In the context of the horrific events of this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that further violations of Twitter’s rules would potentially result in this same course of action.” The company added that accounts like Donald Trump’s “are not entirely above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.”

Specifically, Twitter quoted two tweets from Trump on January 8, 2021. The first reads:

“The 75,000,000 Great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE in the future. They will not be ruled or treated unfairly in any way !!!”

as well as a follow-up tweet from Trump in which he announced he would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

Twitter previously suspended Donald Trump’s Twitter account following the attack on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters on Wednesday, but it was only a 12-hour ban. However, as more details of the attack are released, Twitter has now permanently suspended Trump’s account.

Other social media services like Facebook and Instagram, as well as Twitch, have suspended or disabled Trump’s official accounts at least until the U.S. presidential inauguration on January 20. Twitch also cited the risk of further violence as the reason for suspending Trump’s Twitch account.

Update 8/1/21 4:45 p.m. PT: According to The edge, if Trump were to use Twitter through a government account like @POTUS, Twitter would try to limit the use of the account. If Trump tries to create a separate account, that account will be permanently suspended “on first detection.”

Update 2 4:56 pm PT: According to journalists The New York Times Talk, a microblogging platform particularly popular with supporters of Donald Trump, has been removed from the Google Play Store. Apple also reportedly told Parler to start moderating its users within 24 hours or risk being removed from the App Store.

On January 6, 2021, during a meeting with both houses of the Legislative Assembly to certify the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, a riot broke out as Trump supporters stormed and briefly passed the US Capitol buildings. Members of the Senate and Congress have been forced to flee or into hiding for security reasons.

Since then, it has been revealed that four rioters have died along with a policeman. The riot is currently under investigation.

It should be noted that the official @POTUS Twitter account is still active but will return to Biden’s team on January 20.


Matt TM Kim is a reporter for IGN.

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