Twitter has suspended President Donald Trump from its platform, CNN reports
Twitter’s decision follows Facebook’s move on Thursday to block Trump “indefinitely,” citing the risks to the president continuing to use the platform. Facebook’s ban will last for at least the next two weeks, until after President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
“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,” the company said in a tweet.
The actions by social media platforms against Trump come two days after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as a joint session of Congress convened to certify the election results. The violent insurrection resulted in evacuations from the Capitol and one death.
As police worked to contain the rioters, Trump posted a video on Twitter in which he made a baseless claim of election fraud and told the rioters, “go home. We love you; you’re very special.” Twitter said it was locking down Trump’s account until he deleted the tweet, along with two others, which he did sometime following the riots on Wednesday. The deletion started a 12-hour clock, after which Trump can regain access to his account.
But Twitter warned that future violations of its Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies would result in a permanent suspension of his account.
Twitter faced mounting pressure to ban Trump’s account following the riots. Investor Chris Sacca tweeted that CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have “blood on your hands” for allowing content to remain on their platforms in the name of free speech. Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao tweeted: “just ban him already.”
Plans to storm the Capitol had been circulating on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Parler in the weeks leading up to the attack, with far-right extremists and QAnon conspiracy theorists posting about the date, January 6, on Twitter. According to BuzzFeed News, experts uncovered approximately 20,800 accounts mentioning the date.
culled from CNN and Business Insider
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