Twitter announced on Friday that it had made the decision to permanently suspend President Donald Trump’s (@realDonaldTrump) Twitter account.
The move came after, according to Twitter’s Safety Team, the tweets on his account (and the context around them) risked ‘further incitement of violence’.
The social network, co-founded by CEO Jack Dorsey, had initially slapped Trump’s personal account with a 12-hour ban in response to the events at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Now, following further violations of Twitter’s Rules regarding violent threats, the President is no longer on Twitter outside of the @POTUS handle.
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.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
It has seemingly been a long time coming for Trump who, rather than condemning those who stormed the Capitol building, tweeted a video in which he said he “understood their pain” and that he loved them.
His egregious social media behaviour has often been the focus of dismay from the general public, and that has only ramped up in the weeks since the Republican candidate lost the 2020 Presidential Election.
Frequently, his tweets included warnings about its accuracy amid unfounded claims that the election was rigged against him and there was “widespread voter fraud”.
Twitter was not the first social network to remove Donald Trump’s accounts this week though.
In the interest of a ‘peaceful and lawful transition’ when Trump hands over the presidency to President-Elect Joe Biden on January 20, social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg yesterday made the decision to block his accounts on both Facebook and Instagram.
Addressing the chaos, Zuckerberg stated: “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.”
He continued: “His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect – and likely their intent – would be to provoke further violence.
“Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.
“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies.
“We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving the use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”