Twitter authorities have permanently suspended the Twitter account of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump. The micro-blogging site Twitter said it had taken the decision “due to the risk of further incitement of violence”, reports BBC.
Trump’s account was blocked for 12 hours after he tweeted at the US Congress Capitol last Wednesday calling the perpetrators of the conflict “anarchists”. Earlier, Twitter authorities deleted three tweets from Trump shortly after the clashes, accusing them of violating the policy. The account was opened after 12 hours. Twitter warned that the account could be shut down forever. This time, the Twitter authorities decided to close Trump’s account forever.
The Twitter company said in a tweet that the account had been shut forever after closely monitoring recent posts from Donald Trump’s account @realDonaldTrump account. The tweet mentioned that the action was taken for fear of inciting violence again. It explained in detail the reason for the closure of Trump’s account.
Meanwhile, in response to Twitter’s decision, Trump’s campaign adviser, Jason Miller, tweeted:
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Trump later condemned the attack in a video statement posted on Twitter, as well as praising supporters.
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For years, some lawmakers and dignitaries have been calling for a ban on Trump’s tweets. Former First Lady Michelle Obama said in a tweet last Thursday that “Silicon Valley organizations should take action to stop Trump’s” terrible behavior “and disqualify him.”
In a 2016 U.S. Department of Justice order, all of Trump’s tweets were declared official statements by the U.S. president.
Twitter and Facebook have taken action against Trump more than once since November 3 U.S. presidential election for spreading misinformation on social media. As part of preventing misinformation, Twitter and Facebook put badges under each post. Trump has been seen in many posts where the bottom of the post says, “The post above has the wrong information.”
On the other hand, Google, Facebook and all other big organizations have said that they are tough on Trump and his supporters in the case of violence in the capital. Last Thursday, Facebook announced the cancellation of Trump’s Facebook page ‘indefinitely’. Gaming platforms Twitch and text messaging app Snapchat have also canceled Trump’s account. Five people, including a policeman, were killed and six others were arrested in the incident.