Twitter bans Trump, says plans for Jan. 17 armed protests are circulating
PUBLISHED FRI, JAN 8 20216:25 PM ESTUPDATED FRI, JAN 8 20218:18 PM ESTLauren Feiner@LAUREN_FEINERSHAREShare Article via FacebookShare Article via TwitterShare Article via LinkedInShare Article via EmailKEY POINTS
- Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday.
- The decision came after Facebook made a similar call recently, extending an initial 24 hour suspension to an indefinite one.
- Trump first experienced temporary bans from both platforms on Wednesday in the midst of a riot where his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers proceeded with the formality of counting Electoral College votes.
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Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday.
The company said in a tweet it made the decision “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=lauren_feiner&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1347684877634838528&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2F2021%2F01%2F08%2Ftwitter-permanently-suspends-trumps-account.html&siteScreenName=CNBC&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px
Twitter said it feared Trump’s most recent tweets were being interpreted as supporting the rioters and that plans for future armed protests had already been proliferating both on and off the platform, including a proposed attack on the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings on Jan. 17.
The suspension amounts to a ban: Trump can no longer access his account and his tweets and profile picture have been deleted. Trump had 88.7 million followers prior to his suspension. Institutional accounts like @POTUS and @WhiteHouse are still active.
It’s a step Twitter has resisted taking for all of Trump’s