Donald Trump Permanently Banned From Twitter; Facebook, Instagram Block Accounts For Remainder of His Term
United States President Donald Trump has been permanently banned from micro-blogging site Twitter following the deadly attack on the US Capitol on Wednesday. The outgoing President had used @realDonaldTrump to promote violence and share misinformation, alleged Twitter.
“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 said in a blog post.
After the ban, Trump used the official presidential account @POTUS to accuse Twitter of conspiring against him with the “Radical Left”. He had also used @TeamTrump campaign account to share the accusations. Twitter didn’t take much time to delete those tweets.
“Using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules. We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account,” Twitter told AFP.
On Thursday, Facebook Inc blocked Trump’s official accounts for the remainder of his term.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Thursday.
Both Facebook and Twitter had initially blocked Trump’s account for a period of 24 hours after a pair of his posts, claiming that his supporters would not be “disrespected” and he would not attend successor Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
“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 said.
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