Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s social media account on Friday afternoon, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.
The historic decision comes in the wake of Trump’s encouragement of a protest in Washington, DC, that resulted in a mob storming the capitol building and at least five deaths. For years, the president has used his Twitter account to reach his nearly 90 million now-former followers on the platform as a means to bypass traditional media. Twitter’s decision comes after years of pressure to restrict what many of Trump’s critics view as his dangerous use of the platform to spread lies and violent rhetoric.
“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,” read a tweet Twitter posted on a company account explaining the decision. Twitter had previously temporarily suspended Trump’s tweets on Wednesday for violating its policies on civic integrity and violence, and warned that it may permanently suspend him if he continued to violate its policies.
The move also comes as hundreds of Twitter’s own employees urged CEO Jack Dorsey to suspend Trump permanently, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Facebook, where Trump also has tens of millions of followers, has suspended Trump’s account for at least two weeks until until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
This is a developing story.