Twitter announced on Friday evening that it had permanently banned Donald Trump's account.
The social media giant said in a blog post it had removed the president's account because of the risk of "further incitement to violence" after its supporters fought through the US Captiol on Wednesday.
"After carefully examining the latest tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – especially how they are received and interpreted on and outside of Twitter – we have permanently blocked the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence", said the company said in a blog post.
The account had 88.7 million followers, which is nearly half of the company's total base of monetizable daily active users.
Donald Trump Jr. immediately spoke out about the ban and went on his own Twitter account to claim that there is no longer free speech in America.
"We live Orwell's 1984," he snorted. & # 39; It died with great technology and what's left is only for a select few. This is absolute madness! & # 39;
Facebook had already "at least" blocked the president's account until his term of office expired on January 20.
Donald Trump's Twitter account on Friday evening was permanently banned
President Donald Trump's Twitter account has been permanently deleted
Trump's final tweets: Twitter said Trump was guilty of glorifying violence by calling the rioters "American patriots" in one of his final tweets on Friday morning before being banned from the platform for good
In his penultimate tweet, the president said he would not attend the inauguration. Twitter said this tweet could be interpreted by Trump's supporters as an indication that the inauguration event will be a safe target
Discord also announced on Friday that the server The Donald, which was linked to the TheDonald Dot Win and the Donald Subreddit, has been banned.
Twitter said it made the decision after assuming that two Trump tweets on Friday violated its policy of glorifying violence.
The first tweet read, “The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKING AMERICA BIG AGAIN, will have a HUGE VOICE going forward.
"You will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, form or form!"
Donald Trump Jr. immediately spoke out in favor of the ban, claiming that there was no longer free speech in America.
In the second edition, viewed by Twitter, the president wrote that he would not attend the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Twitter claimed that the tweets should be read in the context of more general events in the country and the way in which the President's statements can be mobilized by various audiences, including incitement to violence, as well as in the context of the behavioral pattern of that account in the last weeks & # 39 ;.
The company said Trump was guilty of glorifying violence by calling the rioters "American patriots" in Wednesday's first tweet.
It was alleged that the tweet could be interpreted as a sign that Trump agreed that there should be no "orderly transition" as they warned that information was already on the social media platform about a planned secondary attack on the US -Capitol and State Capitol buildings circling Jan. 17 & # 39 ;.
Twitter also concluded that Trump states that he would not attend the inauguration and that he states that this would be a "safe" target for his loyalists to attack.
Within an hour of the announcement, the number of points shared by Twitter fell 1.95 points and continued to decline
The social media platform is under increasing pressure to take further action against Trump after the deadly uprising in the US Capitol on Wednesday, in which five people were killed.
Twitter initially suspended the president's account for 12 hours after posting a video repeating false claims of electoral fraud and praising the rioters who stormed the Capitol.
A statement previously posted on Twitter's blog "clarified" that the president's report was "not above our rules" and action was taken earlier this week "in the context of dire events".
The company also announced the decision after hundreds of Twitter employees signed a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey asking for the account to be removed in praise of the Capitol rioters.
"Despite our efforts to serve as Trump's megaphone of public conversation, we helped fuel the deadly events of January 6," the staff wrote.
Following the announcement, Twitter's shares fell 3.8 percent in an hour and continued to plummet.
At the same time, the social media app Parler crashed when it appeared that Trump's supporters fled to the more conservative platform and abandoned Twitter.
TWITTER'S COMPLETE STATEMENT ON THE TRUMPING PROHIBITION
Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump
After carefully examining the latest tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – especially how they are received and interpreted on and outside of Twitter – we have permanently blocked the account due to the risk of further inciting violence.
In connection with terrible events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of Twitter rules could potentially lead to this very course of action. Our public interest framework enables the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders. It is based on the principle that the people have the right to openly hold power to account.
However, we made it clear years ago that these accounts are not completely above our rules and, among other things, cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent about our policies and how they are enforced.
Below is a full analysis of our approach to policy enforcement in this case.
On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:
“The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKING AMERICA BIG AGAIN, will continue to have a HUGE VOTE. You will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, in any form or in any form! "
Shortly thereafter, the president tweeted:
"For everyone who asked, I won't go to the inauguration on January 20th."
With ongoing tensions in the United States and an increase in global conversation regarding the people who forcibly stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two tweets must be read in the context of more general events in the country and in the ways that how the President's statements can be mobilized by various audiences, including incitement to violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior found in this report in recent weeks After evaluating the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence Policy, we determined that these Tweets violated the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately and permanently suspended from service.
We evaluated the above two tweets as part of our Glorification of Violence Policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that might inspire others to repeat acts of violence, and found that they are most likely to encourage and inspire people to repeat the offenses that took place on January 6, 2021 in the US Capitol.
This determination is based on a number of factors including:
- President Trump's statement that he will not attend the inauguration will be received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was illegitimate and is seen as a rejection of his earlier claim, which his deputy made two tweets ( 1, 2) Chief of Staff Dan Scavino said there would be an "orderly transition" on January 20th.
- The second tweet can also serve as an encouragement to those who may be considering violent acts that the inauguration would be a "safe" target as it will not be in attendance.
- The use of the words "American Patriots" to describe some of his followers is also interpreted as support for those who commit acts of violence in the US Capitol.
- Mentioning his supporters who have a "HUGE VOICE long in the future" and that "they will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, form or form !!!" is interpreted as a further indication that President Trump does not intend to facilitate an "orderly transition", but rather that he wants to continue to support, empower and protect those who believe they have won the election.
- Plans for future armed protests have already begun to spread on and off Twitter, including a planned secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and State Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.
Therefore, we believe that the above two tweets are likely to inspire others to repeat the acts of violence that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are several indicators that they are being received and taken as encouragement to do so.
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