Twitter locks Trump's account, threatens permanent ban

by Adam Ford · Jan 6th, 2021 7:21 pm

Last Updated Jan 7th, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it has locked President Trump's account for a minimum of 12 hours, and that he will only re-gain access to his account if he deletes three of his tweets.

The tech giant also said Trump's account would be permanently banned for future rule violations.

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.

This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.

Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.

Our public interest policy — which has guided our enforcement action in this area for years — ends where we believe the risk of harm is higher and/or more severe.

We'll continue to evaluate the situation in real time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. We will keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary.


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