The social media giant said in a blog post that it moved to take away the president’s account due to risk of ‘further incitement to violence’ after his supporters rioted through the U.S. Captiol on Wednesday.
‘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,’ the company said in a blog post.
The account had 88.7million followers, which is nearly half of the company’s total base of monetizable daily active users.
Twitter said it made the decision after deeming that two Trump tweets from Friday were in breaching of its Glorification of Violence policy.
The Twitter account of Donald Trump on Friday night afer it was permanently suspended
The Twitter account of President Donald Trump has been permanantly deleted
The first tweet 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!!!’
In the second called out by Twitter, the president wrote that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Twitter claimed that the tweets had to 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’.
The company said that Trump was guilty of the glorification of violence by calling Wednesday’s rioters ‘American patriots’ in the first tweet.
It claimed that the tweet could be interpreted as a sign that Trump agreed that there should be no ‘orderly transition’ as they warned of information is already circling on the social media platform about ‘a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17’.
Twitter also concluded that Trump stating he would not attened the inauguration is him indictating it ‘would be a “safe” target’ for his loyalists to attack.
It comes after hundreds of Twitter employees signed a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey asking for the account to be removed as Trump contineud to praise the Capitol rioters.
‘Despite our efforts to serve the public conversation, as Trump’s megaphone, we helped fuel the deadly events of January 6th,’ the employees wrote.