Twitterbanned the account of President Donald TrumpFriday, citing “the risk of further incitement to violence”.
The social platform was under increasing pressure take further action against Trump after Wednesday’s deadly insurgency on the U.S. Capitol. Twitter initially suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours after posting a video that repeated false claims about electoral fraud and praised the rioters who stormed the Capitol.
Twitter’s move robs Trump of a powerful tool he has used to communicate directly with the American people for more than a decade. He has used Twitter to announce policy changes, challenge his opponents, insult his enemies, praise his allies (and himself) and spread misinformation.
Twitter has long granted Trump and other world leaders broad exemptions from its rules against personal attacks, hate speech and other behavior. But in a lengthy explanation posted to its blog on Friday, the company said Trump’s recent tweets amounted to glorification of violence when read in the context of the Capitol Riot and plans circulating online for future armed demonstrations around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
In those tweets, Trump said he would not attend the inauguration and called his supporters “American patriots”, saying they will have “a giant voice in the future.” Twitter said these statements “are likely to inspire others to replicate the acts of violence that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are many indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement. to do it.”
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