“After a careful review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” Twitter said.
“In the context of the horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that further breaches of Twitter’s rules could lead to just that move.”
Twitter’s decision followed two tweets from Trump on Friday afternoon, which would eventually be his last. Tweets violate the company’s policy against glorifying violence, Twitter said, and “these two tweets should be read in the context of wider events in the country and the ways in which the president̵
The first tweet was for Trump supporters.
“The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, FIRST AMERICA and MAKING AMERICA AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, form or form !!!
The second indicated that Trump had no plans to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“For all who have asked, I will not go to the opening on January 20.”
Twitter said the tweet about taking office could be seen as an additional statement that the election was not legitimate. He also said the tweet could be interpreted as Trump, who said taking office would be a “safe” target for violence because he would not be present.
Trump’s other statement to American patriots suggests that “he plans to continue to support, empower and protect those who believe he has won the election,” Twitter said.
The ban on Twitter specifically applies to the @realDonaldTrump account, not personally to President Donald Trump.
It is unclear whether Twitter tried to prevent Trump from creating new accounts, or wrote on Twitter through US government handles such as @POTUS or @WhiteHouse. But restrictions on Trump are likely to be limited to his personal account, given the specific language in the Twitter message.
A Twitter spokesman did not immediately answer questions.
Civil rights leaders, who have long criticized technology platforms for spreading hate speech and division, welcomed Twitter’s decision.
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, called it an “excellent move.”
“An appropriate end to the legacy of vomiting hate and vitriol,” Greenblatt said. “President Trump has instigated violent riots in the Capitol with the help of social media and paid the price.”
Eric Naing, a spokesman for Muslim lawyers, said Twitter “shows real leadership”.
“As Twitter notes, allowing Trump to continue posting tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos about his white nationalist supporters risks” further incitement to violence, “Naing said. “Now it’s up to Facebook and Google / YouTube to follow Twitter’s example.”