Amid the embattled President Trump reaction over Biden-Harris certification by the US Congress on Thursday morning as the legitimate winners of the US Presidential election held on 3 November 2020.
Twitter takes the next step in curtailing President Donald Trump over his incessant tweets on their platform. The “bird app” permanently suspended Mr. Trump’s account for flouting its rules.
This is coming after the President announced that he will not be attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Whereas former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George Bush have confirmed that they will be attending the inauguration.
Trump’s permanent suspension from Twitter comes after his account was locked and issued a warning by the Silicon Valley giant over repeated violations of its rules, including incitement of violence.
In a statement by Trump published by WomenforTrump20 on their Instagram page, the President called out Twitter as banning free speech saying that he was not surprised because he expected the suspension to happen. He claims that the Democrats and Twitter employees are coordinated to silence him.
“Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a radical left platform where some of the most vicious people in the World are allowed to speak freely.” He wrote.
Trump also revealed that he was negotiating with other sites and will be making a big announcement soon.
The move by Twitter comes after days of increasing criticism of the the form for allowing the president, who had more than 88m followers, to share misinformation and hate speech unabated.
“After review of Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — 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.
Trump had previously had his account suspended for tweeting praise of his supporters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday but was granted access again after deleting two tweets that violated platform rules.
Twitter said that after assessing the tweets in the context of the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, it determined these tweets are “likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021”. They, therefore, violated its Glorification of Violence policy and constituted immediate removal from the platform.
In a bid to further manage Pro-Trump supporters from wreaking further havoc ahead of the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, Google and Apple also have removed Parler, popular with Trump supporters, from the stores.
Apple said on Saturday that while it has “always supported diverse points of view” on the app store, “there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity.”
“Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety,” the company said in a statement. “We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”
The removals come as multiple Tech giants are cracking down on posts that promote violence in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol.