Twitter said on Friday that it had permanently banned President Trump from its service “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” The @realDonaldTrump account had more than 88 million followers. The tweets “were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,” Twitter said, referring to the storming of the Capitol by a mob of Trump loyalists. Mr. Trump tried to evade the ban late Friday by using the @POTUS Twitter account, which belongs to sitting U.S. presidents, as well as other accounts to lash out at the company. Almost all of his messages were almost immediately removed. Mr. Trump regularly tweeted dozens of times a day, sending flurries of messages in the early morning or late evening.
“This is the key de-platforming for Trump. The inability to tweet cuts off his direct access to the press and, by extension, the public,” Shannon McGregor, a senior researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said. On Friday, the company also permanently banned the accounts of several prominent Trump supporters who used the platform to spread conspiracy theories. Facebook had also barred Mr. Trump for the rest of his term, and other digital platforms including Snapchat, YouTube, Twitch and Reddit also limited Mr. Trump on their services.