Twitter will be a lot more peaceful from now on. The President of the United States was officially banned from the social media platform 12 days before the next President took office.
On Wednesday evening (January 6), President Trump was temporarily suspended from Twitter following the siege of the United States Capitol Building. After Trump's account was temporarily suspended for 12 hours after the mob riot, C.E.O. Jack Dorsey was faced with demands that the tech company permanently ban Trump. Dorsey said he wouldn't take stricter action, but then things changed after Trump jumped back on Twitter with two tweets on Friday morning. The first confirmed that he would not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, and the other thanked his supporters once again.
Twitter's official "security" account tweeted on Friday afternoon: "After carefully reviewing the latest tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence."
Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris was one of the first lawmakers to ask Twitter to suspend Trump's account. In October 2019, Harris raised it during the fourth Democratic primary debate, but was pushed back by the other candidates and many Liberal experts who called the request a "little ball".
In response to the criticism, she told CNN, "It's serious business. And it's about the safety of these people. You can look at the fact that the El Paso shooter was influenced by the words spoken by the President of the United States used unfiltered through this medium on Twitter. It has 65 million followers. And we must take seriously the impact on threatening witnesses, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. "
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Harris foresight turned out to be spot on. President Trump has been largely criticized for using Twitter to incite violence for weeks by complaining that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. He even tweeted an invitation to protest on January 6, promising followers that it "will be wild".
Trump's legal team lost nearly 60 legal cases for failing to provide evidence of massive election fraud that would overturn the election in his favor. After a day of violence in the U.S. Capitol that killed five people, Congress upheld Joe Biden's victory shortly after 3:40 a.m. on January 7, making him the clear winner and the next President of the United States .
Soon after Twitter permanently banned Trump's account, "Thank You Twitter" started the trend.