After tolerating President Donald Trump's callous use of social media for the past four years, Twitter has decided to permanently ban the soon-to-be-former commander-in-chief. The social media platform announced its decision on Friday, saying the account is suspended "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."
"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 stated.
The suspension comes after pro-Trump supporters raided the Capitol Building on Wednesday, in an attempt to prevent the certification of Electoral College votes from the 2020 election that favors President-elect Joe Biden over Trump. The one-term president, who has consistently used social media to fuel baseless claims about election fraud, praised his supporters for standing up as "patriots."
His last tweet was sent at 10:44 am ET on 1/8/21 and is pictured here. We will let others comment endlessly on the fact that this was his last tweet ever on this account.
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According to The Hill, Twitter took down two of Trump's tweets Wednesday, which included a post praising the mob at the Capitol Building and another statement repeating disputed claims about voter fraud. Following another tweet in which Trump revealed that he would not be attending Biden's inauguration, the platform announced the decision to permanently ban the president's personal account.
Twitter said the 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."
While some criticized the company for waiting this long to make a decision, many still celebrated the suspension, using hashtags such as "TrumpBanned" and "Thank you Twitter."
Using the official presidential Twitter account following the ban, Trump wrote, "Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH," and he will have other tools to use.
"I predicted this would happen," he wrote. "We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!"
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) January 9, 2021
"American Patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable," the 39-year-old tweeted.
Twitter also banned several other Trump associates on Friday, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and lawyer Sidney Powell, who served on the president's legal team following the election, ABC News reported.
Fox News reported that several other sites have either banned or restricted Trump's use of their platforms, including Facebook, Google, Spotify, Snapchat, Instagram, Shopify, Reddit, Twitch, YouTube, TikTok and Pinterest.