SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Twitter announced today President Donald Trump's account is permanently suspended following tweets inciting violence leading up to the attack on the Capitol Building Wednesday.
"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 stated, citing their public interest framework as the guideline for the decision.
"... 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." They detailed their analysis of Trump's tweets in relation to their policy in the statement released Friday evening.
Tweets on January 8th were highlighted in the assessment.
"Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences," Twitter continued. "Including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service."
The company states it feels the tweets by Trump could cause further acts of violence in his name, saying there is "multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so."
You can find the full announcement and analysis here.