WASHINGTON (WCSC/AP) - Twitter says it has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account Friday afternoon.
“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 social media giant said Friday.
In a post on its blog, Twitter mentioned two tweets posted by the account on Friday. The first stated:
“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!!!”
The second stated:
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
The post states Trump’s statement that he will not attend 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 by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an ‘orderly transition’ on Jan. 20.”
The platform claimed 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. It also claimed Trump’s 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 U.S. Capitol.”
The post states plans for future armed protests “have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings” on Jan. 17.
Twitter concluded the post stating that the tweets “are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts” of Wednesday’s riot, adding there are “multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.”
Earlier on Friday, Twitter said it banned Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell as part of a purge of QAnon accounts.
Trump was locked out of his account on his preferred social medial platform for 12 hours earlier this week after a violent mob loyal to him stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop Congress from affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Trump posted a video on Twitter calling them “very special” people and saying he loved them.
Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.