Twitter has locked the account of US president Donald Trump following tweets featuring unsubstantiated claims about election fraud which included alleged incitement of violence.
In the midst of a violent protest on the Capitol building by Trump supporters, in which one woman died, Trump requested a stop to the violence but added that he ‘loved’ the ones protesting.
With further claims that the election was ‘stolen’, Twitter has taken action againts the President’s account.
Twitter safety tweeted: ‘Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.
‘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.’
Earlier, Twitter cited Trump’s tweets in violation and stopped replies, retweets and likes.
Later, Twitter safety added: ‘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.’
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Author: Duncan Lindsay