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Just one day after unblocking President Trump’s Twitter account following the riot at the Capitol, the social media giant has now “permanently suspended” his account.

At about 6:20 p.m. ET on Friday, Twitter posted the following announcement:

After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump
account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.

Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.

Twitter says they are taking issue with President Trump’s two tweets which he shared on Friday. The statement continues in a press release, as follows:

Overview

On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:

“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.”

Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, 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. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.

Assessment

We assessed the two Tweets referenced above under our Glorification of Violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

This determination is based on a number of factors, including:

  • President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (12) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election. 
  • 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. 

As such, our determination is that the two Tweets above are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. But Twitter didn’t ban anybody else over to past summer when all the violent riots broke out did they they’re nothing but a bunch of flipping hypocrites and they went the country to heal it will break out to civil war …

  2. Do you know if Twitter don’t want my president then I don’t want Twitter and the same thing can go to Facebook as far as I’m concerned. They think no one can live without them and I got news for them I sure can……🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  3. how much ugly Michelle Obama pay you for this not only her skin us ugly but her attitude too what ever color outside similar inside..all of you deserve some things

  4. The FakeNews Media, democrats, Facebook and Twitter want to shut us conservatives down! It is not only about the President, it is about control over the people. All is about to go against the constitution! We have free speech as our right. I walk away from facebook, twitter to other platforms, were we have free speech! We, the People have our choice to make! #walkaway from the censorship of facebook and twitter!

  5. Twitter and FB and all the fake media are run and owned by evil cowards that have no balls to face the truth from President Trump!! They are all satan’s puppets!!😳🙄🙄God bless President Trump and his family🙏

  6. I never had Twitter and had already deleted FB before this started. YouTube then came out with same bull so bye there too. The Trump bashers need to talk to dead air, I left FB to be one less person to attack. My sons didn’t believe me when I said bad things were coming. Tip of the iceberg unless they push Trump to the red zone and he does what I hope ! We need him !

  7. This war is WAR face book and teeter is done every one join me and take them out of bussness and at the and pray when they try to swear mr Magoo in we have millions and millions protesting and Distraction make Magoos life a living hell I I tried of been Nice and calm i am 68 and have had enough look what happen in Germany well that’s going to happen here because no one fights and just put up with it this is not the American I know God will take care of all the evil Democrats god took care of
    John McCain so all of those losers will brun in hell for Destroying my country

  8. I deleted Twitter, they are COMMUNIST AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING GOES AGAINST THE FIRST AMENDMENT.
    THEY AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE DIVIDING THIS NATION EVEN MORE SO.
    I CANT BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING IN SUPPOSEDLY A FREE COUNTRY, YET TWITTER DID NOT BAN ANY ONE FROM BLM, THE GARBAGE THEY PULLED ALL SUMMER.
    JACK DORSEY IS A POS AND ZUCCY AND OTHERS ARE AS BAD.
    WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY AFRAID AT WHAT IS PROGRESSING RIGHT NOW, I KNOW I AM.😥😥😥😥

  9. Glad I never had none of that BS hope they all burn in hell. One day they will all be censored when they have to answer to God. They will so powerless then.

  10. Wait! What country are we in??!!The USSR of theUnited states??? What effing right does Twitter have to censor and suspend ANYONE??? This is sickening and a clear indication of what life in the US will be like under Biden and his whore Harris! Twitter is the one inciting violence! And if boy Biden really wants to unite this country he will denounce these accusations against Trump. President Trump DID NOT CALL FOR OR INCITE ViOLENCE!!!

  11. By the way, was never on Twitter never wanted to be on Twitter. I canceled Facebook weeks ago. They can all go to hell!

  12. Send twitter a message get off it…this is bullshit..no freedom of speech anymore. Trump did nothing wrong. .be careful people this is communism!!! Only to get worse mark my words

  13. I deleted my fb account awhile ago. Never had Twitter. President Trump suggested getting off u tube and Google too. Duck duck go is better.

  14. So glad I never set up twit account, and fully deleted google years ago.

    I hope DuckDuckGo remains good.

    Maybe Brave, too – but I have to look up who owns Brave.

  15. After close review of recent statements from the @realJackKennedy
    account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

    This determination is based on a number of factors, including:

    President Kennedy’s inflammatory statement that he is imposing a non-COVID-related quarantine, a/k/a cordon sanitaire or blockade, around Cuba, despite the fact that Cuba is a progressive, mostly peaceful society.

    President Kennedy’s fanciful allegations of “unmistakable evidence” that he claims has established the “fact” that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on this “imprisoned island,” a reference to Cuba that is disputed by experts.

    Pres. Kennedy’s fear-mongering claim that “the purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere.”

    **Note: Our fact-checkers have determined this statement mostly false. They have given it three Pinocchios.**

    Pres. Kennedy’s baseless allegation that the sites in question are medium range ballistic missile sites. The president even went on to suggest, without evidence, that additional sites not yet completed appear to be designed for intermediate range ballistic missiles. He even made the preposterous claim that “jet bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, are now being uncrated and assembled in Cuba, while the necessary air bases are being prepared.”

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen Calls on Lyndon Johnson to Invoke the 25th Amendment.
    LBJ Says He Has a Better Idea.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Pres. Kennedy’s statements that “the cost of freedom is always high-but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission” are interpreted as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts against the Latinx nation of Cuba and its Progressive allies.

    The president’s indiscriminate use of the words “my fellow citizens” to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those contemplating the commission of violent acts against the government and people of Cuba.

    In the context of the frightening events this week, we made it clear to the White House on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.

    Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

    However—and this is a big HOWEVER—we made it clear going back years that First Amendment rights are not above our rules, and accounts cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.

    Therefore, Twitter has concluded that it has no other responsible course but to suspend Pres. Kennedy’s Twitter account permanently.

  16. Well now 230 seems pretty damn good now don’t folks — bahhh unfortunately it’s to late now – the Gestapo is headlong in front and shoveling anyone whom dares be conservative — fricken Ridonkulios in full farce cycle — I’m with ya Mr. Lynch — puke and more puke its so ridiculous.

  17. This is all a set up, they want the right to do something bad – very bad! Because they know there is nut job that will.

    Once this happens, they can pin it on the right and make Trump supporters a terrorist organization, and that will give big tech more rights to shut down any conservative.

    They are doing this for a reason. It’s there way to get back at Trump for making ANTIFA a terrorist organization.

    Their plan is working, pissing us off.

  18. I still think President Trump has the military in his pocket and these idiot enemies are going down. I can’t see him know the country is in a emergency with these Chinese threatening to come invade our Country to get Communism in. We have to have a better government that to give our Country over to the Chinese.

  19. I’m concerned that the evil ones will try to put President Trump and his family in jail. Please tell him to pardon himself and his family (even though they’ve done nothing wrong).

  20. Isn’t it funny how all these evil voices never condemned the riots burning and destruction of businesses Stealing the livelihood of thousands of business owners and their employees
    But when opposition comes up against these evil minded people they speak
    I never thought I’d see this country so divided civil war is inevitable
    But I believe the next war will be Gods army against the Beast
    Time is at hand

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