Twitter kicked President Donald Trump off his signature social media platform Friday — deepening his political isolation as he faces widespread rebukes and the prospect of a second impeachment over his supporters’ rampage through the Capitol.
The company muzzled the president of the United States twice in a matter of hours: First, it permanently suspended his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, saying his use of it posed an unacceptable risk of violence. Then, it removed a series of Trump’s tweets on the White House’s official @POTUS account, where he had lashed out at Twitter’s decision Friday night and vowed, “We will not be SILENCED!”
Twitter announced the first move in a statement in which it said his use of the platform had forced it to act.
“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 company said.
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A company spokesperson said in a separate statement to POLITICO that it removed the @POTUS tweets for violating rules against trying to evade bans. While the company will not suspend that account, it said, it will “take action to limit their use.”
The decisions, a day after Facebook locked Trump’s account at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, leaves the leader of the free world cut off from two of his most potent means of communicating directly with his tens of millions of followers.