Twitter Locks President Trump's Account Over Capitol Tweets

Wednesday, January 6th 2021, 6:37 pm
By: CBS News

Twitter has locked President Trump's Twitter account for at least 12 hours over his tweets about the assault on the U.S. Capitol, the company said Wednesday. 

"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," the company said. "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." 

The company warned that future violations of the policy could result in the permanent suspension of Mr. Trump's account. 

Multiple posts from Mr. Trump were pulled from his account earlier Wednesday. In a video that was removed, Mr. Trump told his supporters to leave the Capitol but also stated countless false claims around the election. The company also removed a tweet in which he said, "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long." 

When it first restricted Mr. Trump's video, the company said it is "working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules." 

This news comes as public officials have called on Twitter's leadership to remove Mr. Trump's platform. According to the social media site's terms of use, "threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules."

Many of Mr. Trump's past tweets and video statements have been flagged by the company as "disputed claims," but none tweeted directly by the president's account have been actively removed.