On Friday, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account got permanently banned. The move was made after a mob of Trump supporters took over the US Capitol leaving massive chaos and loss of life.
On the same day Twitter released a statement that read, “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 ban was imposed after the instigation of Trump comes to take over the US Capitol building and cause disruption to the Congress’ certification of Joe Biden as the new President.
The initial ban on Trump’s Twitter account was 12 hours, as “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy” after he posted messages repeating lies that the election was stolen.”
Twitter further told that the ban will be permanent if Trump continues to violate its rules and initiate chaos.
On it’s Friday blog Twitter stated, “Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must 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 behaviour from this account in recent weeks.”
The decision was made by Twitter that the tweets are “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts” and along with it the reasons were posted in five parts, which include-
President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th.
The second Tweet may also serve as an encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending.
The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.
The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election.
Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.
An internal petition was signed by more than 300 Twitter employees signed on Friday for the permanent ban on Trump account.
One of the employees wrote “We must examine Twitter’s complicity in what President-Elect Biden has rightly termed insurrection. Those acts jeopardize the wellbeing of the United States, our company, and our employees.”
On Thursday, Facebook also imposed an “indefinite” ban on Trump. The reason was cited by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the risks “are simply too great” and allowing further use of the platform can “incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”