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Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump's Account

Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump's Account
(AP)

Friday, 08 January 2021 08:34 PM

Twitter banned President Donald Trump's account Friday, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence" following the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Twitter has long given Trump and other world leaders broad exemptions from its rules against personal attacks, hate speech and other behaviors. But in a detailed explanation posted on its blog Friday, the company said recent Trump tweets amounted to glorification of violence when read in the context of the Capitol riot and plans circulating online for future armed protests around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

The social platform has been under growing pressure to take further action against Trump following the Wednesday violence.

On Wednesday, Facebook suspended Trump's account through Jan. 20 and possibly indefinitely.

Twitter merely suspended Trump's account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about election fraud and praised the rioters who stormed the Capitol.

Trump’s Twitter persona has long functioned as a mix of policy announcements -- often out of the blue; complaints about the media; complaints and criticisms of perceived enemies; and praise for his supporters, replete with exclamation marks, all-caps, and one-word declarations such as “Sad!”

He has fired numerous officials on Twitter and his posts, like his speeches at rallies, are embraced by millions but ripped for misinformation and prejudice by millions more.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The official account for the President of the United States, @potus, remains live.

In the Trump tweets cited by Twitter, Trump stated that he will not be attending the inauguration and referred to his supporters as “American Patriots,” saying they will have “a GIANT VOICE long into the future.” Twitter said these statements “are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.”

Twitter said its policy enables world leaders to speak to the public, but that these accounts “are not above our rules entirely” and can’t use Twitter to incite violence. Trump had roughly 89 million followers. Twitter shares fell roughly 3% in after-hours trading.

Jonathan Greenblatt, who heads the Anti-Defamation League, said Friday that banning Trump was an “excellent step” and “a fitting end to a legacy of spewing hate and vitriol." The ADL was part of a coalition of civil rights and advocacy groups on Friday calling for Twitter to ban Trump’s account.

On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell — as part of a broader purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Twitter said it will take action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm.

“Given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” Twitter said in an emailed statement. The company also said Trump attorney Lin Wood was permanently suspended Tuesday for violating its rules, but provided no additional details.

Though Trump has relied heavily on Twitter,  he and other conservative politicians have lately accused it and other social media outlets of limiting access to content favorable to their viewpoints and demonstrating blatant political bias.

The president recently threatened to hold up defense funding over his insistence that the government add in an unrelated effort to repeal Section 230. That provides certain liability protections for social media companies over the content they post.

Newsmax's Jeffrey S. Rubin contributed to this report.

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Twitter Inc. said on Friday that it has permanently suspended U.S. President Donald Trump's account due to the risk of further incitement of violence. "After close review of recent Tweets from the realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently...
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