Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account

Twitter suspended the account of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump Jan. 8 2021

"America is and must always be a nation of law and order, to those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction you do not represent our country", Trump said in his first public comments after Twitter blocked his account. The company said accounts used by Trump to try to get around the ban could face permanent suspension as well under its "ban evasion" policies.

"This Tweet is from a suspended account", Twitter said after striking down the outgoing President's statement.

Trump briefly returned to Twitter this week after the initial ban.

But he refused to back efforts to remove Trump from the White House and insisted that impeachment was up to Congress.

In a statement today, Twitter says the decision was made "due to the risk of further incitement of violence".

Critics of major social media platforms, including top Democratic politicians, praised Twitter's move and said it was long overdue, while Trump suppporters expressed outrage.

On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was taken over by Pro-Trump supporters who were denouncing the results of the Presidental election.

The first tweet proclaimed that "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".

Twitter said part of the reasoning for suspending the president's account were "plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021".

The suspension of Trump's account, which had more than 88 million followers, silences his primary megaphone days before the end of his term and follows years of debate about how social media companies should moderate the accounts of powerful global leaders.

"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 tweeted.

Before the Twitter ban yesterday, Trump's personal account was deactivated by Twitter in 2017 too.

This was the second time in a week Twitter had taken action against the president's account.

A mob loyal to U.S. President Donald Trump marches toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. Twitch has similarly cited the risk of further violence as a reason for suspending Trump's Twitch account. As protestors marched the Capitol, Trump dropped a video that appeared to many to be inciting further violence.

Dozens of QAnon social media accounts were hyping up Trump's January 6 rally in the heart of Washington, expressing hope that it could lead to the overturn of the election results.

Powell was his attorney, as well as working with Trump and the Trump campaign.