Twitter Inc. banned President Trump’s personal account, citing the risk of further incitement of violence and the closure of one of its main communications tools following the attack on the US Capitol by a crowd of his followers.
Twitter move Capping two days of rapidly escalating action by social-media companies in the wake of a riot that killed five people in Washington, D.C., late Friday, and pressurized platforms to stop additional violence.
Facebook Inc., which announced a temporary suspension of Mr. Trump after the riots, said on Thursday that it would extend that action indefinitely – and at least through the end of Mr. Trump’s term. And late Friday evening Google of Alphabet Inc. suspended its app from social-media app Parler, which some Trump supporters and other conservatives said over the past year that the service violated its policies. Apple Inc. Threatened to do so.
Twitter also temporarily suspended Mr Trump from posting at the time on Wednesday night, saying his tweet violated its policies and further violations could result in a permanent ban. The social-media company allowed him to resume posting on Thursday, and many critics of the president called for more permanent action on it.
“After close review of recent tweets from the @RealDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them — particularly how they are being received and interpreted on Twitter — we suspended the account permanently due to the risk of further incitement to violence have make” Twitter said in a blog post on Friday.