After his account was reactivated on Thursday, Trump tweeted two messages saying his supporters “will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, form, or form,” and announced that he would not attend the Inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden will attend. Twitter cited these messages as motivation for their decision to deactivate their account.
“These two tweets need to be read in the context of wider events in the country and the way in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by various audiences, including incitement to violence, as well as the pattern of behavior of this report in recent years Weeks, “said the company in its statement. It added that the tweets violated its policy of glorifying violence.
Trump’s fall culminates in years of friction between the outgoing president and Twitter, the platform on which he has long presented conspiracy theories, personal grievances and surprising political decisions to his almost 89 million followers. For many critics of Trump and Twitter who say the company allowed him to use rhetoric such as Danger of war or Violence against racial justice protesters.
The final straw came shortly after pro-Trump rioters hit the Capitol during a fatal attack as Trump posted a series of tweets urging his supporters to leave but continuing to falsely claim that the November election had been stolen from him. These included a Tweet attacks Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to reverse the election results and another one that the rioters describes as “great patriots.”
Twitter and Facebook, on which Trump posted some of the same messages, have temporarily suspended Trump’s account in response. Further rule violations, said Twitter, “will result in the @ realDonaldTrump account being permanently banned.”
Facebook and Instagram then blocked Trump’s accounts at least until the day of inauguration. “We believe that the risk that the president can continue to use our service during this time is just too great,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, in a statement posted on his personal page the day after the chaos .
Democratic lawmakers, civil rights activists and other activists have long urged Twitter and Facebook to crack down on Trump, and some have called for his permanent removal.
“Enough is enough!” tweeted Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Chairman of the House’s Energy and Commerce, on the night of the attack. “Trump incites violence and spreads dangerous misinformation that undermines our democracy and our way of life. Social media continues to reinforce his anti-democratic rhetoric.”
He added, “It’s time for [Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey] and [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg to remove Trump from their platforms. “