Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account fearing his tweets may trigger a new wave of violence.
In response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the President’s account was initially suspended for 12 hours on Wednesday, the social media platform said that its decision was caused by “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
“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. ” the company announced in a tweet.
The company has threatened permanent suspension for repeated violations of its policies, but President Trump ignored the warning and posted the following messages:
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
Shortly thereafter, the President tweeted:
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter finally decided to suspend the President’s account after assessing the above tweets under its Glorification of Violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire trigger violent acts.
Below an excerpt of the interpretation of the messages published by Twitter:
“The second Tweet may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending.” states the company.
“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.”
“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.”
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