“After a thorough review of recent tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding it, we have the account permanently suspended due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” Twitter reports.
Earlier this week, Twitter locked Trump’s account for half a day following a series of tweets in which Trump falsely questioned the election results and praised the rioters who stormed the Capitol.
Trump wants ‘own platform’
Trump stated in a response via the presidential @POTUS account that Twitter restricts freedom of speech. The president calls Twitter “a radical left platform” and says he is looking at possibilities to set up “a platform of its own”. Those messages from @POTUS were also removed by Twitter.
The president has more than 88 million followers on his personal Twitter account. Twitter has long been warning messages from the president that it considers misleading. The company previously warned Trump that if he continued tweets that could incite violence, he would be permanently banned.
Also temporary ban on Facebook
On Thursday, Facebook and Instagram also suspended Trump’s account indefinitely. YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat also took measures against Trump’s video after the storming of the Capitol.
Trump admitted for the first time on Friday that he lost the presidential election.