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Twitter has permanently blocked President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account for repeated incitement to violence, the company said on Friday evening.
"After carefully examining the recent tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – particularly how they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we permanently banned the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence," said Twitter in a company blog post tonight.
On Wednesday, following the violence by the insurgents in the U.S. Capitol, Twitter placed Trump on a 12-hour ban and asked him to delete three tweets that were intended to continue to promote, support or glorify the violent event.
In its statement, Twitter quoted two of the tweets Trump posted on Wednesday, saying the messages "need to be read in the context of more general events in the country and the way the president's statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including incitement to violence and in connection with the pattern of behavior of this report in recent weeks. "
The 12-hour ban expired late Thursday, and on Friday morning Trump returned to the platform to tweet, "The 75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me will be AMERICA FIRST and MAKE AMERICA BIG AGAIN you will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, in any form or in any form!
In connection with this, Twitter noted that this message once again contained a call to violence and, in short, Trump broke that rule too many times and earned the perma boot.
This is at least the fourth platform ban Donald Trump has received since Wednesday. Twitch, Snapchat and Facebook (including Instagram) have also suspended Trump "indefinitely".
Twitter today also banned the accounts of several prominent Trump supporters, including Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, in an attempt to deplatform Qanon.
Update, 8:40 p.m. EST: Twitter said it would wipe out any attempts by Trump to circumvent his ban, and the company appears to have meant it. Trump posted on the President's official Twitter account, @POTUS, shortly before 8:30 p.m. to complain about his ban. The thread, as shown in a screenshot below, was deleted within a few minutes.
Trump is dissatisfied.