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Trump’s Twitter post permanently suspended due to risks of ‘incitement to violence’

Social media companies cracked down on Trump accounts in the wake of the unrest on Wednesday. (AP photo)

NEW YORK: Twitter said on Friday it had permanently suspended US President Donald Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement to violence after hundreds of his supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday.

“After carefully reviewing the recent tweets from the realDonaldTrump account and the surrounding context, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said in a tweet.

Social media companies cracked down on Trump accounts in the wake of the unrest on Wednesday. Facebook said earlier this week that it would suspend his account at least until the end of his term.

The Republican president is due to hand over power to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

The White House did not immediately comment.

In a blog on Friday, Twitter said that two of the president’s tweets posted that day violated its policy against glorification of violence.

Twitter temporarily blocked Trump’s account, which had more than 88 million followers, on Wednesday after the blockade of Capitol Hill, and warned that additional violations by the president’s accounts would lead to a permanent suspension.

Trump was required to delete three rule-breaking tweets before unblocking his account. He returned to Twitter on Thursday with a video in which he acknowledged that Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States.

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