The sitting President of the United States has been permanently banned from Twitter, the social media site announced today.
The @TwitterSafety account has posted the following statement:
“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.”
President Trump was temporarily suspended from the platform earlier this week shortly after posting a video calling on the Capitol building protestors to stand down and go home.
His account was briefly reinstated until today’s move by the Twitter top brass.
The backlash from the Trump camp has been no surprise, with the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr claiming “free speech no longer exists in America”.
We are living Orwell’s 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few. This is absolute insanity!@DonaldJTrumpJr
In unrelated news, John Barron has joined Twitter shortly after the President’s ban, amassing 35,000 followers in fifty minutes…