Twitter announced Friday that President Donald Trump has been permanently banned from the platform after receiving a 12-hour suspension earlier this week. The announcement comes after Facebook and Instagram suspended the outgoing president indefinitely.
"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," read the announcement from Twitter's Twitter Safety account. "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."
Twitter moved to permanently ban Trump after two of his tweets from Friday. One read, "The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!"
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," read the second tweet.
"Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President's statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks," read Twitter's statement on Trump's tweets.
While Trump's personal Twitter account has been banned, his official POTUS account is still currently active.