Social media giant, Twitter, on Friday, said that it has permanently suspended United States President, Donald Trump’s account, Page 36 learnt.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account, we have permanently suspended the account, due to the risk of further incitement of violence”, Twitter made public, after Wednesday’s violent attacks by Republican Party supporters of President Trump.
Twitter had blocked President Trump for 12-hours, after the deadly attack on the US Capitol, and threatened permanent suspension, if he continued breaking its rules.
However, President Trump returned to Twitter late on Thursday, posting a video message that seemed aimed at calming tensions after the mayhem caused by his supporters.
He acknowledged that his Presidency is ending, and promised a smooth transition to Joe Biden, the President-elect.
Twitter stated at the time, that it was continuing to watch President Trump’s social media activity, to determine whether further action was needed.
The decision to suspend his account came after a pair of tweets on Friday, according to the one-to-many messaging platform.
In one of the tweets, President Trump vowed that none of his supporters would be “disrespected”, and in another, he said that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, as is customary.
“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 mobilised by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behaviour from this account in recent weeks”, Twitter said.
It determined that the tweets violated its “Glorification of Violence Policy”, and that “user, @realDonaldTrump, should be immediately permanently suspended from the service”.
Twitter confirmed that several hundred employees signed a letter to its Chief Executive, Jack Dorsey, saying that they were disturbed by the “insurrection” carried out by President Donald Trump’s supporters who had been rallied by the President.
“Twitter encourages an open dialogue between our Leadership and employees, and we welcome our employees to express their thoughts and concerns in whichever manner feels right to them”, a Twitter Spokesperson said of the letter.