Twitter has joined several other platforms to ban Trump permanently in recent tweets, the company announced. The decision comes just hours after Twitter unblocked Trump’s account, which had been suspended due to three particular tweets the company said needed to be deleted. Twitter joins Facebook, Twitch, Snapchat and a host of other platforms to ban the president.
Many have asked Twitter to suspend Trump’s account in recent months, citing repeated rule violations as well as the disclosure of false information. It appears that the attack on the U.S. Capitol was a turning point for social media companies, which quickly removed recent videos in which Trump spread false allegations about the election and apparently encouraged his supporters to take action.
It didn’t take long for the permanent ban on the president’s accounts to begin to be implemented, but Twitter was apparently countering the trend. That changed on Friday night, when the company suspended the account, deleting all of its content, and issued a statement explaining why it made that decision.
The company said, in part:
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.
Twitter cited the events at the US Capitol this week, as well as its warning on Wednesday that any additional violations of its rules could lead to a permanent ban. The company goes on to detail the specific content that jeopardized the account, including a tweet published on January 8, 2021, that read:
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!!!
The president then tweeted that he will not be attending Biden’s inauguration later this month. Twitter explains how these tweets led to the ban, stating.
…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 behavior 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.