Twitter announced last night that it was permanently suspending the profile of US President Donald Trump, due to the risk of further incitement to violence.
“Following a detailed review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump profile and the context surrounding them, we have suspended him permanently because of the risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said in a tweet, according to Radio Free Europe (RFE).
In a detailed explanation, they stated that the reasons for the permanent suspension were two Twitter messages issued by the US President on January 8, one of which said that “75,000 American patriots” who voted for him will still have a “vote in the future”, and the other informs the public that he will not attend the inauguration of the newly elected President of the United States.
Twitter sees the messages as a continuation of the policy that led to the violence on January 6 and says it “probably can encourage and inspire people to repeat this crime”.
On Wednesday, Twitter temporarily blocked Trump’s profile, which had more than 88 million followers, following a violent raid by his supporters on the Capitol on January 6, and warned that further breaches would result in a permanent suspension.
Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it was suspending Trump’s order at least until the end of his presidency on January 20.