The personal account of the current President of the United States, Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump), has been permanently suspended by Twitter. The announcement was published by the social network on Friday evening (8). A similar measure has also been taken by Facebook.
The move is a direct result of events in and around the Capitol during a session that later confirmed Democratic Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. According to the platform, Trump’s messages contained risks and could be interpreted as an “ incitement to violence, ” as it could provoke further demonstrations from radical supporters.
The social network itself had silenced Trump’s account for several hours after Wednesday (6), but he returned to the profile with two tweets deemed the last straw: a warning that he will not attend the ceremony. Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, and another that ensures his voters will be heard in the future and should not be treated unfairly. Twitter interpreted the publications as a way of saying that it still does not recognize the validity of the election process.
In other episodes during the election, pandemic and protests that are part of the Black Lives Matter campaign, Twitter even reduced the reach of some messages and even indicated that they contained offensive opinions, false information or provoked violence.
The full explanation of Trump’s suspension can be read in the Twitter blog post. It is worth remembering that he will be responsible for two more weeks for the official profile of the US President @POTUS, which will be turned over to Biden and his followers will be nullified.