Donald Trump’s days on Twitter are over.
Twitter said Friday night that it has banned the president from its platform over fears that his posts might further incite violence in the US.
“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,” Twitter writes in a blog post.
Twitter temporarily locked Trump’s account earlier this week over tweets he posted about the attack on the US Capitol. Those messages included a video in which Trump continued to lie about winning the 2020 election before telling those gathered at the Capitol to “go home now.” But the clip ended with him telling them “We love you, you’re very special.”
Trump regained control of his account last night, but two tweets he posted today violated Twitter’s rules. In one, he said that those who voted for him in the 2020 election “will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form.” He also posted that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
“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 behavior from this account in recent weeks,” Twitter says.
As such, the company determined that the posts violated its Glorification of Violence policy, so @realDonaldTrump has been permanently suspended from the service.
“Our determination is that the two Tweets…are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so,” Twitter says.
Trump was also banned indefinitely from Facebook and Instagram this week.