The social media platform Twitter has permanently suspended US President Donald Trump’s account, considering the risk of further incitement to violence.
“After carefully reviewing the recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the surrounding context, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” Twitter said in a tweet uploaded Saturday, January 9, quoted by Antara.
On Wednesday, January 6, Twitter temporarily blocked Trump’s account, which has more than 88 million followers, following a demonstration at the Capitol by pro-Trump protesters, and warned that additional breaches by Trump’s account would result in a permanent suspension.
“In the context of this week’s events, we made clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules could potentially result in this action,” Twitter explained in its official blog.
Twitter noted, on January 8th, Trump posted a tweet “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 respected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or any form !!! “
Shortly thereafter, Trump tweeted, “To all who ask, I will not attend the inauguration on January 20.”
Regarding the two tweets, Twitter is taking a firm step by taking into account the ongoing tensions in the United States and the increase in global conversations regarding the invasion of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
According to Twitter, the two tweets should be read in the context of broader events in the country, considering that the President’s statements could be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence.
Not only that, but Twitter is also observing the context of the behavior patterns of Trump’s accounts in recent weeks.
“After judging the language in this Tweet against the policy of glorifying violence, Glorification of Violence, we have determined that this Tweet violates the Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from service,” Twitter said.
Meanwhile, social media company Facebook took steps to suspend Trump’s account until at least the end of his presidential term, on the day of the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, January 20.