President Trump is now facing a big blow from social media giants as following Facebook, Twitter has now suspended him permanently from its platform under the grounds of risk of inciting violence. The development has come when Trump is ten days away from vacating the office and his last days are shockingly unveiling the never witnessed scenes at any presidencies in US history.
Tumultuous Trump is still upholding his rhetoric and causing unprecedented disruptions in what otherwise should be a smooth and peaceful transfer of power to the incoming administration. Despite the official certification from the Electoral College and from the US Congress that Joe Biden has won the presidential elections, Trump has been observing deaf in accepting that Biden has defeated him.
Recently, in his bid to stop Biden from taking over the presidency from him, Trump had publicly instigated his supporters to invade Capitol Hill and obeying his rhetoric, thousands of his supporters from across the country had stormed the US Capitol Hill on Wednesday to block the US Chambers from certifying Biden's victory. His supporters had rioted the towering building and the clash between the police and protesters had killed five people and injured many. What US media described as the Trump mob, his supporters had damaged the monument, which marked as a black day in US Democracy.
The tool that Trump used to call and incite his supporters to siege the iconic symbol of democracy is social media. Unlike any other world leaders, Trump set a bad precedent by being a seriously active leader on Twitter and he used the micro-blogging site to spread his rhetoric and conspiracies. It was through Twitter and Facebook he incited his supporters to march towards Washington and 'fight' against what he claimed that the Democrats had stolen the election from him.
As the sequel of the unprecedented riots, Trump has come under fire from the US lawmakers and global leaders for inciting the violence with some of the leaders had directly held him accountable for the violence. To condemn the riots, two cabinet secretaries - Elaine Chao and Betsy Devos had moved their resignation to Trump so are some of the national security staff who were working at the White House. While the Democrats-run US Congress is mulling to bring the impeachment to remove Trump from office before the end of his term, the social media giants had given a major blow to the outgoing president.
Twitter has now announced that it has permanently suspended the account of Trump due to the risk of further incitement of violence. Twitter's decision has come after Trump said he would not attend the inauguration of his successor, Joe Biden, on January 20. In a statement issued on Friday, Twitter said, "After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence".
Twitter further said, "In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open". Earlier, Twitter has suspended Trump's account for 12 hours after the riots at Capitol Hill.
Facebook and Instagram had also suspended his account till the inauguration and earlier this week, YouTube removed a number of his videos from the rally he addressed to his supporters. Following the temporary suspension, Twitter has now permanently suspended Trump from its platform. According to reports, the suspension would adversely affect Trump as he is now left with no support and helping corridors to spread his fictitious claims and rhetoric of assaulting the democratic process and claiming that the election is stolen from him.
It's obvious that his Twitter account would be a perfect guide to know how his controversial presidency unfolded in the last four years and at the time of suspension, Trump had 88.7 million followers. Having been left with no support to succeed in his bid of overturning the election results, Trump will be departing the office as the first President since 1932 to lose the re-election, the US House, and the US Senate.
Twitter said that its determination of suspension is based on a number of factors, including Trump's recent Tweet that he would not be attending the inauguration is being received by his supporters as further confirmation that the election is illegitimate. Twitter further stated that his tweets are indicating that he is not planning to facilitate an orderly transfer of power and instead, he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election. Though he said there would be an orderly transfer of power to the incoming administration, he claimed that he still disagrees with the election results.