Finally! Twitter said Wednesday it has locked President Donald Trump’s account for 12 hours, and warned for the first time that it may suspend him permanently.
Donald Trump has been locked out of his Twitter account for the next 12 hours due to “risk of violence.”
Following the violence that took place in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (Jan. 6), the president took to Twitter to continue to incite violence and spew lies about the presidential election. Twitter originally added a disclaimer to each tweet, stating that it was a “claim of election fraud” and that the tweet “can’t be replied to, retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.”
The social media platform decided to remove several of Trump’s tweets altogether.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter Safety tweeted. They also added a link to the company’s Civic Integrity Policy, which states that you may not use the platform to “for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.”
Twitter locked his account until Thursday (Jan. 7). “Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” tweeted Twitter Safety.
Although Twitter has placed disclaimers on many of Trump’s past tweets, this marks the first time he has actually been locked out of his account.
Additionally, Facebook and YouTube have removed a video of Trump calling the rioters “special.” Guy Rosen, who serves as VP of Integrity at Facebook, tweeted about the video’s removal. “This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video,” he tweeted. “We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
Check out Twitter Safety’s tweets below.
This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
You know Donald Trump is big mad this evening.