If you go to Twitter now and search for the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account, you will be greeted with the greyed out “Account Suspended” notification.
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 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 Million 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 suppressed or unfairly treated in any way, form or form !! ! “
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, suspended or deactivated official Trump 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.
After careful consideration of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
– Twitter Security (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Update January 21 at 4:45 p.m. PT: According to The edge, if Trump used Twitter through a government account like @POTUS, Twitter will 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 p.m. PT: According to journalists The New York Times Talk, a microblogging platform 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 legislature to certify the results of the 2020 US presidential election, a riot broke out as Trump supporters stormed and briefly passed the buildings from the US Capitol. Members of the Senate and Congress have been forced to flee or into hiding for their safety.
It has since been revealed that four rioters have died as well as a policeman. The riot is currently under investigation.
It should be noted that the official @POTUS Twitter account is still active but will be redistributed to Biden’s team on January 20.
Matt TM Kim is a reporter for IGN.
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