Donald Trump has *finally* been permanently banned from Twitter

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: Al Drago - Getty Images
Photo credit: Al Drago - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

UPDATE [1.10PM on 9 January 2021]: Twitter have announced that Donald Trump's accounts will now be permanently suspended. Whilst his account is still there to view, it only shows tweets that have been shared from other people's accounts.

This is a major decision from the social media site, who say the move came about after a "close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account". In response, Trump fans have said this violates the outgoing President's right to free speech.

UPDATE [4.32PM on 7 January 2021]: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has shared a statement confirming that Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts will be suspended until the end of his time in office. Explaining the reasoning behind it, Zuckerberg said: "Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labelling his posts when they violate our policies.

"We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government."

He also noted, "Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms."

Yesterday, rioting Donald Trump supporters descended upon the Capitol Building (the meeting place of the US Congress) and the resulting conflict has so far sadly resulted in four confirmed deaths. The armed rioters in Washington said they wanted to interrupt the final officiation of the election results confirming Joe Biden's win, fuelled by Trump's (repeatedly proven false) claims that he only lost as it was rigged.

Said claims have now finally been silenced on social media sites – including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – who in an unprecedented move have temporarily banned Trump, a notorious tweeter, from posting. Twitter have also removed three of his tweets which despite encouraging the rioters to go home, still endorsed false claims about the election.

Photo credit: Robert Nickelsberg - Getty Images
Photo credit: Robert Nickelsberg - Getty Images

The social media site says its temporary suspension of Trump's account could be made permanent if he repeatedly offends in future and stated that he has been restricted from tweeting for 12 hours. Facebook and Instagram have banned him for 24 hours, according to a BBC report, and YouTube has removed the video also.

One of the tweets that Twitter took down was a video message from Trump to his supporters in which the outgoing President said he "loved" the rioters, referring to them as "very special". Whilst he urged them to leave the Capitol, he also described the violent mob as "great patriots" who had been "badly and unfairly treated for so long". He added that he wanted his followers to "remember this day forever!".

Twitter said their decision to take it (and the other tweets down) was based on there being "severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy". Facebook added that they removed the video as it was more likely to incite further violence than solve it: "We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence."

Later, Dan Scavino (the White House director of social media) used his own Twitter account to share a statement on Trump's behalf. It continues to promote false claims of election theft: "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th."

It continues on to say, "I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who lost their lives at the Capitol yesterday.

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