Twitter has permanently blocked President Donald Trump’s account, the company said on Friday. This is a notable move given growing pressure on the social media network to remove it after the deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this week.
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Twitter said it had decided to ban the president “because of the risk of further incitement to violence” after scrutinizing its recent tweets.
While Twitter has long been criticized for not doing enough to curb the spread of misinformation and hate speech on Trump’s account, the past few days have put pressure on prominent technicians, Democrats, and Twitter’s own staff for a permanent ban.
Up until that point, Twitter had only blocked Trump’s account for 12 hours over tweets saying he “loved” the rioters who stormed the Capitol and the riot as “the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide occurs.” -Election victory happens so quickly “explains. viciously undressed. “
After the suspension expired, Trump dubbed his supporters “American Patriots” and said he would not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration, which, according to Twitter, could lead to violence among his supporters as more armed protests are planned for the next few weeks.
Trump’s Twitter account was his main way of communicating with the world even before his presidency. He has used it to announce guidelines, prosecute critics, spread falsehoods and, most recently, promote conspiracy theories about electoral fraud. But after years of pressure to clean up its platform, this year Twitter began cracking down on Trump by checking false tweets about mail-in polls, the coronavirus, and election results. The company’s actions angered Trump so much that he launched a crusade against Tech’s Legal Shield, Section 230, claiming social media companies were biased against conservatives.
Trump is not the only person permanently suspended after the deadly attempted insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. Twitter also removed several accounts that advanced QAnon’s conspiracy theories, including Sidney Powell, Mike Flynn, and former 8kun administrator Ron Watkins.