Donald Trump’s account permanently banned by Twitter ‘due to risk of more violence’

Donald Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter – his favourite social media site (Image: Getty Images)

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Donald Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter 'due to the risk of further incitement of violence'.

Twitter said two of President Trump's tweets posted on Friday had violated its glorification of violence policy.

A statement posted on Twitter's blog said it had "made it clear" previously that the President's account was "not above our rules", and said it took action "in the context of horrific events" earlier this week.

The statement said: "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.

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"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.

"Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

"However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.

"We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement."

The riot led to five deaths including a police officer
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The breaching of the Capitol has met with widespread condemnation around the world
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier this week pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden as Trump's presidential successor.

During the violence and rioting Trump used Twitter to broadcast a video where he told the mob to 'go home' but also said 'we love you'.

Trump's presidency, and much of his public persona, has been tied to his love of the social media site.

He frequently fires off angry or misleading tweets at public figures who displease him. He had 88.7m followers.

Ashli Babbitt was a Trump supporter who died in the chaotic scenes
(Image: Twitter)

Since the November 2020 election Trump has sent out countless tweets which falsely claimed there was widespread fraud.

In reality, Biden won the Electoral College while gaining seven million more votes than Trump on his way to receiving the most ballots of any US President-elect ever.

Trump had previously encouraged supporters to descend on Washington with Congress due to complete proceedings to officially name Biden as the 46th President.

Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Before being shutdown, he implied violence was inevitable, writing "these are the things and events that happen".

He said: "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long.

"Go home with love and in peace. Remember this day forever!"

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