Twitter said the decision was made after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account.

It comes amid a Big Tech purge of the online platforms used by Mr. Trump and his supporters. Some lawmakers and celebrities have been calling for years on Twitter to ban Mr. Trump altogether. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Thursday that the Silicon Valley giants should stop enabling Mr. Trump's monstrous behaviour and permanently expel him.

Why Twitter banned Trump?

Mr. Trump was locked out of his account for 12 hours on Wednesday after he called the people who stormed the US Capitol patriots. Hundreds of his supporters entered the complex as the US Congress attempted to certify Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. The ensuing violence led to the deaths of four civilians and a police officer.

Twitter warned then that it would ban Mr. Trump permanently if he breached the platform's rules again.

After being allowed back on Twitter, Mr. Trump posted two tweets on Friday that the company cited as the final straws.

In one, he wrote: 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.

Twitter said this tweet is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an orderly transition.

In the next, the president tweeted: To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.

Twitter said this was being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate. Twitter said both of these tweets were in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy.

Reactions From Trump

After Twitter had permanently suspended his @realDonaldTrump account, Mr. Trump tweeted from the US president's official @Potus account suggesting he would look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the future and railing against Twitter. But the tweets were removed from the platform as soon as they were posted.

Are other tech giants blocking Trump?

Earlier on Friday, Twitter permanently banned the account of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and two Trump loyalists: former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell.

Later in the day, Google suspended Parler- a self-styled free speech rival to Twitter that is increasingly popular with Trump supporters- from its online store. We're aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US, said Google.

On Thursday, Facebook said it had suspended Mr. Trump indefinitely. The popular gaming platform Twitch also placed an indefinite ban on the outgoing president's channel, which he has used for rally broadcasts. So has Snapchat.

Two online Trump memorabilia stores were closed this week by e-commerce company Shopify. On Friday, Reddit banned it's donaldtrump forum for the president's supporters.

What did Twitter say?

Twitter wrote in a blog post on Friday: "In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.

Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

It added: However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.

Some 350 Twitter employees had signed a letter this week to the company chief executive, Jack Dorsey, asking him to ban the president in the wake of the Capitol riot. The letter said: Despite our efforts to serve the public conversation, as Trump's megaphone, we helped fuel the deadly events of January 6th.

When did Twitter first take action against Trump?

Twitter first took action against Mr. Trump in May 2020 added fact-checks to tweets he sent claiming postal votes were fraudulent. Later that same week it posted a warning label when the president threatened to send in the military to quell Black Lives Matter protests as he added, when the looting starts the shooting starts.

Twitter used these fact-checks and warning labels increasingly throughout the year for Trump tweets about coronavirus and the presidential election, culminating in Friday's ban.


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