Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been permanently suspended by Twitter, less than 24 hours after lifting his previous suspension.
The US president’s @realDonaldTrump handle will not be re-activated following Wednesday’s initial suspension, with Twitter taking this evening’s decision to permanently suspend the account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The company claims two of the president’s tweets today had violated its policy prohibiting the glorification of violence.
They were, “The 75,000,000 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 disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” and, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th”.
Twitter claimed the two tweets “were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol” and that they were “received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate”.
The tech giant perceived this as a potential disavowal of his promise that there would be an “orderly transition” on 20 January when Joe Biden takes over the presidential office.
Mr. Trump’s tweets have been blocked by a suspension notice as the Twitter Safety account moved to further explain their permanent suspension of the president.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter Safety announced.
“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.”