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Twitter Permanently Bans Trump

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Twitter has banned current US President Donald Trump from its platform, citing the risk of further violence incitement. The permanent ban on Trump’s account comes a few days after his supporters stormed the US Capitol Hill.

The social media giant said it had conducted a close review of his tweets, “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 company said.

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The new face of Mr. Trump’s @realdonaldtrump account on Twitter

Twitter had warned Mr. Trump against violating its rules on Wednesday, promising to suspend his account permanently. The social media platform’s rules deter its users from either “manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.”

In his last two tweets that made Twitter hit the final nail in the coffin for Trump’s account, he said, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

In his other tweet, which was the last one from his official account before the suspension, Trump said, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” That is despite him promising a safe transition of power after the Congress certified election results.

Trump hit back with a press statement after the suspension terming it as a ban on free speech. He accused the social media giant of collaborating with Democrats and the Radical Left to silence him and his supporters.

Mr. Trump promised a “big announcement soon,” but his team is also mulling over creating their own platform “in the near future.”

The US president had a massive following on Twitter, with over 88 million followers, and the ban led him to seek alternative solutions to deliver his controversial views. He tweeted from the official president account, @POTUS, but those tweets were also deleted.

YourAnonCentral, an anonymous infamous hacker group who have built their name for “exposing human rights abuses,” also noted that Trump also tried to tweet from @thedonalddotwin, @garycoby, and @TeamTrump. All three accounts have also been suspended.

Trump’s permanent suspension on Twitter follows his temporary 12-hour ban handed to him amid the storm at Capitol Hill last week. In a video, Trump tweeted praising his protesters and urging them to go home and reiterated that he had won the election by a landslide.

Several other social media platforms have also suspended Mr. Trump. Facebook last week suspended his account indefinitely for “at least two weeks”, which applies to Instagram as well. YouTube removed his video and promised to punish him. Snapchat followed suit suspending his account.

Reddit has also shut down the r/donaldtrump subreddit over “repeated policy violations” in the past week after the violence at the US Capitol Hill.

Donald Trump’s term officially ends on January 20th when President-elect Joe Biden will be taking over as the 46th president of the United States.

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