Trump’s Twitter account permanently suspended

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Twitter has permanently suspended the account of Donald Trump, citing his repeated violations of the company’s rules and risks including the “further incitement of violence”.

Two tweets sent by Trump on Friday morning were assessed as “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021”, Twitter said in a statement.

Plans for “future armed protests” are spreading on Twitter and elsewhere, the company warned, “including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021”.

The decision to ban Trump’s personal account which coms two days after a mob of his supporters violently stormed the US capitol, carries pointed symbolism for the embattled president whose use of social media to stoke hatred and fear fueled his unlikely political rise and his presidency’s ignominious end.

Even as the rampage continued, Trump tweeted in praise of the rioters, prompting Twitter to temporarily suspend his account, with a warning that any further infractions would lead to a permanent ban.

Facebook banned Trump from posting on its platforms at least through Joe Biden’s inauguration. It cited the risk of inciting violence.

Other social media companies also took action to de-platform Trump and his most violent supporters.

Google removed the rightwing social network Parler from its app store, citing the platform’s role in inciting violence. Among those calling for Trump’s suspension were 350 of Twitter’s own employees, the Washington Post reported.