Washington D.C. – The billionaire owners of popular social media sites Facebook and Twitter have permanently suspended the account of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump reportedly has 88 million followers on Twitter, and 35 million on Facebook.
In taking the unprecedented step, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook said this is to avoid “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Trump is accused of cheering on hundreds of rabid supporters during a huge rally into attacking the U.S. Capitol last January 6 to derail senators and congressmen from certifying the win of Democrat Joe Biden as the 46th president of the USA.
In the ensuing violence, five persons were killed (including a policeman assigned to provide security in the Capitol) and dozens were injured as the pro-Trump mob ran roughshod all over the place, sending lawmakers and their staffers running for their lives.
With the closure of his Twitter and Facebook accounts, Trump was deprived of a “megaphone” that he had used for years to communicate directly with his tens of millions of followers.
Twitter said it was fearful that Trump could use his tweets to incite loyalists to commit acts of violence during the inauguration of President-elect Biden on January 20.
“It took blood (spilled) in the halls of Congress for the most powerful tech companies to recognize the profound threat of Donald Trump,” according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) who was one of those terrorized by the rampaging pro-Trumpers.