Twitter Suspends Trump’s Account, Blocks Posts as Riots Flare

Twitter Suspends Trump’s Account, Blocks Posts as Riots Flare

21:27 - Twitter Inc. suspended Donald Trump’s account and required him to delete certain posts after “repeated and severe” rule violations, the first time the social media company has taken steps to remove incendiary content from the U.S. president.

“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,” the company wrote in a tweet. The policy forbids sharing misleading information about the election results. Once the tweets are deleted, Trump will get his account back after a 12-hour lock is lifted.

Trump has posted regularly that the November election, which he lost to Joe Biden, was “rigged.” Twitter has labeled dozens of Trump’s posts in the past, but Wednesday was the first time the president has been suspended from the platform. He was required to delete three tweets, including a video in which he said the election was “fraudulent.” Twitter also threatened to ban Trump entirely.

“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” the company tweeted from its @TwitterSafety handle.

Twitter shares fell about 2% in extended trading after the company’s announcement.

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