Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been “permanently suspended” after the social media company said it risked the “further incitement of violence”.
Twitter said it made the decision after reviewing recent tweets from the US President’s account “and the context around them”.
It comes two days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to disrupt proceedings to confirm Joe Biden’s election victory.
Mr Trump’s incendiary comments have been blamed for directly provoking the violence which left four dead, including protester Ashli Babbitt who was shot by police.
Twitter said on Friday night: “After 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
“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.
“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.”
His personal Twitter account was temporarily suspended on Wednesday, forcing him to release a statement via his social media director Dan Scavino, saying there would be an “orderly transition” to the Biden administration.
Mr Trump’s final tweet before his account was suspended was an announcement that he would not attend the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden on January 20.
Facebook announced it was blocking Mr Trump “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks” following the rioting at the Capitol.
The social network’s boss Mark Zuckerberg said it was clear that Mr Trump intended to use his remaining time in office “to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden”.
“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Mr Zuckerberg said.
“Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”