San Francisco (AFP)
Twitter shut down President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, firing him from world service to prevent another attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
Trump had fervently used @realDonaldTrump for unchallenged proclamations, accusations, and misinformation throughout his tenure.
Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend Trump is viewed late by critics who say he escaped abuse, but inflamed members of the far right who equate fact-checking with stifling free speech .
“After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account,” Twitter said in a blog post explaining his decision, “we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence. ”
Twitter on Friday night blocked Trump’s efforts to circumvent the ban.
He tweeted on the official @POTUS presidential account, accusing the company of conspiring with the “radical left.” The social network quickly deleted the tweets.
Trump also tweeted from the @TeamTrump campaign account, which was soon suspended.
“Using another account to try to escape a suspension is against our rules,” Twitter told AFP.
“We have taken steps to enforce this regarding recent Tweets from the @POTUS account. ”
Twitter temporarily blocked Trump after the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, warning that the suspension could become permanent.
He was suspended on Friday after a pair of tweets: In one, Trump vowed that none of his supporters would be “disrespected.” In another, he said he would not attend the inauguration of successor Joe Biden on January 20, as is customary.
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