Twitter had decided to permanently ban President Donald Trump from its platform. The move comes after the President’s tweets were tied to the Capitol Hill riots that took place on January 6. In the wake of those unprecedented riots, Twitter temporarily suspended the President for 12 hours. After he returned to the platform, the President’s final two tweets were deemed to have violated the company’s policy against the glorification of violence.
“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,” Twitter stated.
JUST IN: Former first lady Michelle Obama calls on tech companies to permanently ban President Trump from their platforms and put policies in place “to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection.” pic.twitter.com/nSBtJ77dDY
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 7, 2021
After learning of the band, the President reportedly went “ballistic.” According to a senior administration official, the President began “scrambling to figure out what his options are.”
Twitter was not the only platform to hand down disciplinary action to the President this week. YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and several other platforms suspended or banned Trump recently. As he figures out his options, the President is now posting messages through a website owned by his son, Donald Trump Jr.
“We [are] also looking at the possibility of building out our own platform in the near future,” a statement of the White House read.