BREAKING: Twitter Pulls Down Three Trump Tweets, Locks Down His Account for 12 Hours, Threatens ‘Permanent Suspension’ Over Civic Integrity, Violent Threat Violations

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Twitter enforced its strongest sanctions on Donald Trump yet, deleting, locking down, and warning a full ban could result after the president sent a series of egregiously irresponsibly tweets both fueling and excusing the unprecedented assault and violence at the Capitol by his right-wing extremist supporters.

On Wednesday evening, Twitter fully deleted three of Trump’s tweets about the MAGA mob assault, including a breathtakingly false tweet claiming he won a “sacred landslide” and implicitly blaming the victim, Congress, for its own ransacking because its political leaders — and his own vice president — dared to go forward with certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Then, minutes later, Twitter posted a short thread linking to its civic integrity policy and explaining that the deletions were for “repeated and severe violations” of it. Twitter then divulged that it was temporarily freezing Trump’s account for 12 hours once he takes the offending posts down. And, finally, the social media giant issued perhaps its most pointed warning that Trump faced “permanent suspension” if he continued to incite violence among his political supporters.


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