US President Donald Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter due to the risk of further incitement of violence.
Twitter had temporarily blocked Trump’s account earlier this week following the siege of Capitol Hill on Wednesday by pro-Trump protesters and warned that additional violations by the president's accounts would result in a permanent suspension.
On Saturday morning AEDT, Twitter made the suspension permanent.
"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," Twitter said in a statement.
"However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.
"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.
"After a close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."
It comes just hours after hundreds of Twitter employees demanded in a letter that the company's leaders permanently suspend his account.
The Washington Post reported that in an internal letter addressed to chief executive Jack Dorsey and his top executives, roughly 350 Twitter employees asked for a clear account of the company's decision-making process regarding the President's tweets the day that a pro-Trump mob breached the US Capitol.
Employees also requested an investigation into the past several years of corporate actions that led to Twitter's role in the insurrection.
Also on Friday, US time, Twitter permanently suspended a number of accounts pushing QAnon content, banning prominent right-wing boosters of its conspiracy theories including Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, a former Trump campaign lawyer.
Both been close allies of the president and promoted efforts to cast doubt about his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Twitter also suspended Ron Watkins, the administrator of fringe message board 8kun, which effectively serves as home base for the QAnon conspiracy movement.
"Given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behaviour in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content," Twitter said in a statement.
QAnon followers espouse an intertwined series of far-fetched beliefs based on anonymous web postings from "Q", who claims to have insider knowledge of the Trump administration.
At the core of the baseless conspiracy theories embraced by QAnon is the idea that Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and "deep state" allies.
QAnon has been amplified on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, the video streaming service of Alphabet Inc's Google. Its adherents were among those who participated in the Capitol siege that left five people dead.
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