Breaking: Twitter Permanently Suspends Donald Trump’s Account

Twitter has permanently suspended the account belonging to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

It could be recalled the social media giants had temporarily suspended the @realDonaldTrump after his supporters invaded Capitol Hills on Wednesday afternoon leading to the death of five people including a police officer.

According to a statement by Twitter on Friday: “We have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence”.

The decision was reached after a careful review of Mr Trump’s recent tweets which are “being received and interpreted on and off Twitter”.

Twitter said it had warned on Wednesday that “additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.”

“Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.” 

The Social media giant reiterated its earlier statements that “these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.”

The media cited a tweet by the President on January 8 where he said “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!!!”

Shortly after, Mr Trump tweeted “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

“Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behaviour from this account in recent weeks. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.” Twitter wrote in a statement on Friday.

Assessment

Explaining more on what led to the suspension, Twitter wrote “We assessed the two Tweets referenced above under our Glorification of Violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

This determination is based on a number of factors, including:

  • President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (12) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th.
  • The second Tweet may also serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending. 
  • The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters are also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.
  • The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as a further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” and instead, that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election. 
  • Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021. 

As such, our determination is that the two Tweets above are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as an encouragement to do so.

On Thursday, Mr Trump registered an account on Parler, a social media that believes in free speech, according to the information on its website.

Trump immediately had over 2 million followers after joining the micro blogging website.

This came a day after Twitter, Facebook and Youtube announced his suspension after pro Trump supporters invaded Capitol Hill.

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