SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump on Friday.
Trump has 88.7 million members on Twitter which was his primary messaging tool. Twitter’s permanent suspension comes after Facebook, which also owns Instagram, also banned Trump after Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol by protesters when Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
“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,” Twitter said in a statement.
Twitter has also suspended a number of other conservative accounts after Wednesday’s chaos in Washington.
Twitter had previously temporarily suspended Trump’s account but made the ban permanent 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,” Twitter said in a statement.
A number of conservatives are looking for alternatives to Twitter and Facebook such as Parler and Gab.com. Trump could potentially start his own social media platform.
Democrats and progressives — including former First Lady Michelle Obama — have been pushing for a permanent ban on Trump and as well more restrictions on what they consider offensive, dangerous or extremist speech. Social media engines and platforms have also been cracking down on alt-right groups, conspiracy theories as well as QAnon advocates.
Conservatives and libertarians have faulted the Twitter and Facebook bans on Trump as Orwellian attacks on free speech.