Twitter said Friday it has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account, citing the risk of further violence following the assault on the US Capitol by his supporters.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account,” Twitter said in a blog post explaining its decision, “we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of
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
The move came just two days after Twitter temporarily suspended Trump’s account after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol following the president’s speech egging supporters on.
Trump has more than 8.8 million followers on the social media platform.
Twitter also removed the accounts of Dallas lawyer Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn and other high-profile QAnon supporters.
It is following suit with other social media websites. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg blocked Trump from posting on his platform “until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg said in a post.
More to follow shortly . . .