Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, quoting “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The president’s account was originally halted for 12 hours on Jan. 6 due to “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”.
“After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company announced in a tweet.
Hundreds of Twitter employees signed a letter urging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ban the president for utilising the platform to provoke violence in the wake of the Capitol siege. “In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” Twitter said in a blog post. “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”