Twitter has permanently suspended Donald Trump days after a pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said in a statement Friday.
Twitter initially placed a 12 hour ban on his account for “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy” after he posted messages repeating lies that the election was stolen and further inciting his mob of supporters that were already in the Capitol.
On Friday, more than 300 Twitter employees signed onto an internal petition calling for Trump to be permanently banned after Wednesday’s riots.
Twitter said Trump would be banned permanently if he continued to violate its rules, including those around civic integrity or violent threats. Twitter said in a statement Friday that two new tweets posted since Trump’s initial suspension violated the platform’s rules, prompting the permanent suspension, according to The Verge.
This comes after Facebook banned Trump until at least after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
Google and Apple are now under increased pressure to deplatform right wing Twitter and Facebook alternative, Parler. According to Buzzfeed News, Apple has given Parler 24 hours to put a moderation platform into place or be expelled from its App Store.