President Donald Trump is officially gone from Twitter.
The social media company has made the decision to “permanently” suspend Trump‘s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Trump‘s Twitter account was previously locked for 12 hours after the events in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (January 6) and now he will no longer be able to tweet from his personal page, which had more than 88 million followers.
Facebook and Instagram already announced an “indefinite” ban on Trump‘s accounts.
Click inside to read the official statement from Twitter…
Twitter released a statement on late Friday afternoon (January 8) to announce the decision.
“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.
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 entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”
You can read a comprehensive analysis of the police enforcement approach for this case on Twitter’s website.