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Twitter Permanently Bans Trump, Citing Risk of Inciting Violence

January 8, 2021 by Dan McCue

Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump’s account Friday night, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Twitter initially suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about election fraud and praised the rioters who stormed the Capitol.

But the social media company has been under growing pressure ever since to take further action against Trump ahead of the inauguration.

Although President Barack Obama was the first U.S. president to embrace social media, Trump took the use of the platform to a whole new level, transforming it into a political weapon and even a tool to fire subordinates he was unhappy with.

Twitter posted a lengthy explanation of its reasons for permanently suspending Trump’s account on its blog.

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